Severe weather downs trees on homes, roads across East Texas

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) – East Texas officials are urging residents to stay home after severe weather caused mayhem Tuesday morning.

According to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the emergency operations center was experiencing a high volume of 911 calls Tuesday morning related to weather activity. As a result, they urged residents to stay home and avoid driving if at all possible.

Some emergency calls mentioned in the release were downed power lines and associated electrical fires, a structure fire caused by a lightning strike in the 16200 block of Ridgeview Lane in Lindale, a major traffic crash on CR 246 at CR 223 near Arp, a major traffic crash on FM 2767 at CR 211, numerous trees across roadways throughout the county, and numerous weather related alarms.

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Smith County officials said 33 county roads were blocked by downed trees. According to the release, the roads included: County Roads 191, 192, 1133, 1145, 223, 2155, 2206, 2212, 2274, 2326, 35, 354, 42, 49, 422, 426, 431, 434, 438, 447, 448, 452, 477, 479, 482, 484, 489, 492, 4104, 4108, 4132, 4173 and 4229. An 11:20 a.m. update added County Roads 14, 419, 246, 2151, 2319, 381, 4105, 4119 and 4129. To report trees down on a Smith County roadway, call dispatch at 903-566-6600.

Michael Richardson reported live from CR 419 which was blocked by a tree in Tuesday’s storms.

According to Smith County, the Starrville Church of the Living God polling location is still voting despite a power outage. The church is one of four polling locations open until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Runoff Election. Smith County Elections Administrator Michelle Allcon said the Starrville church lost power due to Tuesday morning’s storms but is still able to vote because all the equipment is running on backup batteries. They are bringing a small generator in just in case it is needed, she added. For more information about polling locations open today, visit: www.smith-county.com/government/departments/elections/current-election-information

Reports of traffic/weather related hazards in Smith County will be updated below:

  • A tree was downed and partially struck a home on Briarose Lane in Tyler. Tyler Fire Department responders were on the scene around 9:30 a.m.
  • A tree was reported down in the 1400 block of Woodlands Drive in Tyler.
  • Power lines and poles were reported down in the roadway on Hampton Hill Drive at Covey Lane.
  • A tree was reported down on Paluxy Drive at Grande, with traffic lights out at a result.
  • Traffic lights were also out at the intersection of Jeff Davis and Paluxy.
  • Traffic lights were out at Hwy 271 at North Loop 323 and Loop Extentsion.
  • A large tree was reported downed in the road at Paluxy and Shiloh Road at 9:25 a.m.
  • A tree was reported downed in the road in the 17700 block of CR 479.
  • Traffic lights at South Fleishel Avenue and Beckham Avenue were reported out at 9:30 a.m.
  • Power was out and the road was blocked at Overton Housing Authority after a large tree was downed on West Ward Street.
Tree downed across Cambridge Road in Tyler after Tuesday storms

As of 1 p.m., East Texas power outages were reported as follows:

  • Smith County – 30,126 customers
  • Van Zandt County – 27,640 customers
  • Wood County – 7,553 customers
  • Henderson County – 8,451 customers
  • Rusk County – 9,112 customers
  • Upshur County – 1,152 customers
  • Gregg County – 6,318 customers
  • Harrison County – 3,575 customers
  • Rains County – 3,303 customers
  • Anderson County – 12,701 customers
  • Cherokee County – 5,272 customers
  • Nacogdoches County – 6,352 customers
  • Trinity County – 6,282 customers
  • Panola County – 4,477 customers
  • Shelby County – 3,687 customers
  • San Augustine County – 3,441 customers
  • Houston County – 2,827 customers
  • Sabine County – 2,765 customers
  • Angelina County – 2,059 customers
A collection of media submitted by viewers after severe weather swept through East Texas Tuesday.

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