LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Thousands of Oncor & Southwestern Electric Power Company customers have been affected by Tuesday's severe weather. The power companies have crews going out to fix the problem areas.
According to Oncor website, they hope to restore power by 5 p.m. in some areas.
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative officials tell us the high winds, downed trees, and lightning have been the main causes. They tell us crews are continuing to work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
The Texas Department of Transportation is also reporting flooding on numerous roads throughout Deep East Texas.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 4 p.m. in Tyler, Jasper and Newton counties. A flash flood watch is also in place for Angelina, Nacogdoches, Jasper, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby and Tyler counties. 5 inches of rain have fallen around Deep East Texas since this morning along with lightening, thunder and strong winds.
The storm will bring with it a cool front and drop the temperatures into the 50's and lower Tuesday night.
As of Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.:
- Nacogodoches Co. – 338 customers affected
- Angelina Co. – 120 customers affected
- Cherokee Co. – 786 customers affected
- Shelby Co. – 114 customers affected
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative:
- Shelby Co. to Sabine Co. – about 1,000 customers affected
To report an outage to Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, please call 1-800-392-5986.