LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The National Weather Service has canceled tornado watches for Angelina, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, and Tyler counties several hours early.
A tornado watch was in effect until 9:00 PM, however due to the storms moving out of the area earlier than expected, all watches have been discontinued.
The tornado warning for Tyler County expired at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The tornado warning means a possible tornado has been sighted in that area. People are urged to get to a safe location as soon as possible.
Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford told the East Texas News that a tree fell on a home in Ivanhoe, but no one was injured. He said there have been no confirmed reports of tornadoes in the county.
Weatherford said although there downed trees and power lines in various locations, they had been cleaned up as of Wednesday afternoon.
The Woodville and Warren school districts held their students until 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Weatherford said.
The Tyler County sheriff also said he received reports of golf ball-sized hail about 45 miles south of Woodville, but no damage has been reported.
The tornado watch also includes Sabine Parish in Louisiana.
Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said they received some marble-sized hail but no reports of damage or injuries.
Bob Bashaw, the regional planner for the Jasper-based Deep East Texas Councl of Governments (DETCOG), said the City of Jasper is dealing with some street flooding near the creek that runs through the middle of town. and some pea-sized hail. Jasper has had heavy winds, but no tree damage has been reported so far, Bashaw said.
A tree fell on a City of Nacogdoches Street Department truck while two workers were having lunch Wednesday. According to one of the workers, after they pulled in to Mill Pond Park off of Old Tyler Road, they heard a loud crack, and a large oak tree fell across the top of the truck.
The two City of Nacogdoches workers weren't hurt, but they were a bit shaken up and "no longer hungry." They crawled out of the truck on the passenger side and called for a clean-up crew.
In the wake of the storm that blew through East Texas Wednesday, the Lufkin Police Department has issued a traffic alert to warn motorists of downed trees and power lines all over the city.
According to the Lufkin Police Department's Facebook, the 1800 block of Old Mill, which is near McMullen, is completely blocked due to downed power lines. Motorists are urged to avoid the area, and Oncor has been notified.
Other areas of concern were listed as well. They include:
- A low wire is across the road in the 1900 block of Hill Street.
- A tree is blocking the road in the 900 block of Harmony Hill Drive. (Update: This was cleared as of 1:45 p.m.)
- A tree is leaning over the roadway in the 2100 block of East Lufkin Avenue, and it could fall over at any moment.
- Tree down on the 1600 block of Columbine Drive. (Update: This was cleared as of 1:45 p.m.)
About 50 homes are without power in the City of Lufkin, according to the Facebook post. To monitor power outages, visit this link.
"Use caution while driving as this storm system continues across our area," the Facebook post stated. "Storms are expected to redevelop late this afternoon into tonight with the possibility of severe weather."