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Trinity a ghost town after storm knocks out power

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Source: Chief Steve Jones Source: Chief Steve Jones
Source: Chief Steve Jones Source: Chief Steve Jones
Source: Chief Steve Jones Source: Chief Steve Jones
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

A Thursday evening storm brought significant damage to Trinity, breaking several power poles and taking the roof off one house. One woman was injured as a result of the storm.

Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said the storm hit hardest around 6 p.m. and broke several power poles on Walker Street.

A special needs child lived in the house that's roof blew off, but Jones said the boy is fine.

A woman driving on Walker Street saw one of the damage poles and put her car into reverse out of fear. She backed into a power pole and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Jones said the whole town is without power and a good portion of it will be without power through Friday morning. Power companies have been notified, however, there was no estimate on how long until electricity is restored. Police are asking for residents to stay away from any power lines or broken poles for their safety.

Early Friday, Sergeant Randy Wheeler patrolled the streets for damage.

"We need to be out in full force, because there is going to be a lot of people that come out, a lot of bad guys that come out. A lot of people are just going to be out looking around. Everybody needs to stay inside," Wheeler said.

Crews are working to clear area roads of any trees or debris.

Several businesses around Trinity had visible damage. The sign at the Conoco gas station was torn apart.

A car lot had its canopy destroyed.

"I just heard it and I walked over and looked and in that time, it took our canopy and threw it over there," said lot owner, Mike Robinson.

The 69-year-old said he has never seen anything like this and is grateful to be alive.

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