Lightning storm on US 59 between Nacogdoches and Lufkin (Credit: KTRE viewer)
Dime-size hail in the community of Denning, between Chireno and San Augustine (Credit: KTRE viewer)
Source: KTRE Staff
EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -
One man has been injured in Alto from the storms that passed through Deep East Texas Friday night.
According to Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell a power line fell on a man who was driving in Alto. The injured man complained about back pain when he got out of his car.
"He was in his vehicle and he hit some high lines," Campbell said. "The lines were live but he was able to get out of his vehicle. He complained about some back pain."
Sheriff Campbell also said that State Highway 21, that goes through the Davy Crockett National Forest, will be impassable.
A barn has been completely destroyed in Alto off County Road 2438. The owner says the barn housed four donkeys. The animals have been found safe tonight.
"It was really scary," Kristen Lucas said. "I was just glad it wasn't our house. I was really sad. i was scared. I cried for a second because it was my donkeys but then I found out they were alive and I am happy now. My kids love them."
We also have reports of damage outside of Alto on FM 220.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office confirms there's damage from the storms with fallen power lines and blocked roads. First responders worked through the night trying to open roads back up and keeping residents safe.
The storm caused power outages in the Pineywoods area. As of 9:50 p.m., over 1,000 Oncor customers have been left in the dark.
According to the power company, the hardest hit area is Nacogdoches with 392 customers affected. Alto, Douglass and Wells customers are also affected by this outage.