Second tree-toppling storm strikes East Texas, roars through Sabine

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Wednesday’s storm bypassed Kilgore for the most part but nearby communities in Longview and Liberty City saw significant damage.

A press release from Southwestern Electric Power Co. said the effort to restore power to residents across the region is well underway, with more than 500 electrical line and service personnel in the field as of Friday.

“At 11 a.m. Friday, SWEPCO had restored power to 47,100 of the 70,000 customers impacted by the storms,” the statement read.

“Crews are working as safely and quickly as possible to restore electric service to the 22,900 customers who remain without power. The storms caused extensive damage to SWEPCO’s electric system, including hundreds of broken utility poles and downed wires.”

Powerful straight-line winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms smashed into the area just before 3 p.m. May 8. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the storm which ravaged south Kilgore March 14, trees were snapped in two, utility poles toppled and many homes, apartments and vehicles were damaged by falling trees.

Crews began working almost immediately to clear downed trees and power lines and to restore power to thousands.

Vickie Raymond, Libery City resident, reported trees downed at Hugh Camp Memorial Park and in the area of Pimlico Park.

On Thursday, Hugh Camp Memorial Park had its gates locked and access was prohibited while work crews took chainsaws to felled trees in the area.

SWEPCO reported power should be restored in the Kilgore area by noon Saturday, while Longview residents may be without power until Monday evening.

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