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Property damage, fallen trees reported amid severe weather in Lufkin

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 9:55 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 11:15 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - City of Lufkin officials are reporting multiple locations of debris and damage from the line of storms in the area.

City of Lufkin Communications Director Jessica Pebsworth said that while no tornado has yet been confirmed, there have been reports of a funnel passing over Lufkin City Hall that then moved to the Timberland Drive area.

Source: Lufkin Police Department
Source: Lufkin Police Department(Lufkin Police Department)

Additionally, there is a billboard down in the road by Billy Lee’s Locksmith at 500 E. Frank Ave. and debris scattered through roadways around the city with a fallen tree across Leon Street at Paul Avenue. The billboard hit a car belonging to Tommy Childress of Cyber One Solutions.

“I come out of the restroom, everybody in the building is at the front glass and they’re just hollering ‘Tommy it hit your car, it hit your car,’” said Childress. “So I come out and I just see this billboard on top of the car and I’m in absolute shock because I was standing there maybe a minute to maybe two minutes max.”

The affected area stretched from Pineywoods Community Academy to Paul. Dr. Ken Vaughn, Director of Schools for the PCA, explained how the school handled its response to the storm.

“We had just a little bit of damage,” said Vaughn. “Not a lot, just a little and everyone is safe. That’s the whole point about it. Teachers did great. Kids did fabulous. The principles and administrators kicked right into gear. Exactly what they should be doing, so we notified the parents when it was happening, and we notified the parents when it was all clear.”

Pebsworth said there are numerous reports of power outages across the city as well with lines down.

Angelina County remains under a Tornado Watch through 4 p.m.

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