by Tina Alexander
Remnants of Hurricane Ike rolled into East Texas about four o'clock Saturday morning bringing with it gusty winds, rain and the threat of tornadoes.
Power outages and tree damage is being reported all across Lufkin and adjacent cities. KTRE Live Doppler 9 weather watchers also report outages in Groveton, which is west of Lufkin, in Trinity county. And, in Huntington, east of Lufkin, in Angelina county.
Emergency personnel say for safety reasons they will ride out the storm and wait until the weather settles down before tackling the many reports. They warn residents to stay off the roadways because of poor driving conditions and debris.
East Texas News crews managed to look into several reports of tree damage before returning to the KTRE to wait out the storm. We found a huge tree down in the northbound lane of Timberland Drive near Loop 287, a tree across a power line that caused a fire on Highway 59 north of Lufkin near FM 2021, and a tree across the northbound lane of Highway 69 north. These are just a handful of the many reports going in to emergency personnel.
Nacogdoches county is also reporting sporadic power outages and a few trees down, but nothing major reported at this time, according to Sergeant Gregg Sowell with the Nacogdoches Police Department. Power on the north end of the City of Nacogdoches has been out since 2 a.m., for safety reasons, crews are waiting for the storm to pass before responding.