Severe weather and power outages delay start time for multiple school districts

Severe weather and power outages delay start time for multiple school districts
Photo: Payton Mckenzie Williams
Photo: Payton Mckenzie Williams

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - As of Sunday evening, two school districts have reported a late start due to power outages.

  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Wells ISD in Cherokee County will begin classes at 10 a.m. Monday, while staff and faculty are expected to arrive a half hour earlier.
  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Central ISD in Angelina County will start school at 10 a.m. Buses will run two hours later than the normal schedule.
  • style="margin-left: 40px;">Latexo ISD in Houston County will delay the start of classes until 10 a.m. Buses will run later on alternate schedules. Anyone living on a dirt road will need to meet the bus at the pavement, according to the school district.

The morning hours brought lots of rain, East Texans concerned with the direction of the storms were on high alert Sunday.

"Dark and gloomy this morning. High winds, lot of debris down on the ground. (I) saw lot of the electrical companies out doing their work this morning," said Milton Wade.

Several reports confirmed at least a dozen people near the Lufkin and Nacogdoches area were left without power as the storms picked up wind speed.

While the biggest storm of the year, so far, didn't materialize to its full impact, it left one woman questioning in search of where the tornadoes struck.

"Where was the tornado? Where was it located so I can get out the way?" said Cashaela Shepherd.

Shepherd, along with other East Texans, followed the weather alerts to stay informed.

"Mark Scirto has been really taking care of us. I saw that it was going to be passing through. Pretty fast moving with two different trains of it," Wade said.

Officials in Trinity County cleared roads after trees fell.

Residents in the Jackson Hill Marina by Sam Rayburn Lake had several homes damaged and uprooted trees.

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