By Chris Edwards
TYLER COUNTY – A band of powerful thunderstorms came through the region late last Wednesday night on into early Thursday morning and caused some downed trees and power outages across Tyler County.
The National Weather Service had forecasted a 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms across the region, with the worst weather occurring between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
There was no reported damages to property, however, some trees were downed throughout the county. According to the county’s Office of Emergency Management, severe weather constitutes hail precipitation larger than one inch in diameter and wind gusts measuring in excess of 58 miles per hour, as well as tornadoes. Wind in the region got up to a measured 37 miles per hour after midnight, and a total of 2.63 inches of rainfall was recorded.
There was hail the size of golf balls reported in other parts of the state, namely central Texas, with the storm system headed eastward into Florida and southern Georgia. There were no reports of widespread damage in Texas, but according to one report from NWS, the storm “lived up to its potential,” and had put millions of Texans on alert, and in some parts of the state, wind speeds were clocked at 76 mph, near Dallas and Fort Worth.
As of Thursday evening, power had been restored to all of Tyler County.