(KTAL/KMSS) — Strong storms brought large hail and damaging winds to parts of the ArkLaTex Friday night, bring down trees and power lines and knocking out power for several thousand customers.
As of 11:45 p.m. Friday, there were more than 9,600 SWEPCO customers without power across East Texas and Northwest Louisiana. Click here for the latest outage information.
Trees and power lines have been reported down, especially along Texas State Highway 11 between Linden and Hughes Springs, where there are reports a tree fell into a home, and at least one vehicle was damaged when strong winds brought down a nearby cinderblock wall.
Storm damage was also reported in Carterville, Texas in Cass Co., northwest of Linden.
From East Texas to North Bossier, hail ranging from pea to softball-sized fell in some areas.
“Tonight was a one of those rare nights of weather that we’ve experienced here across the ArkLaTex,” said KTAL NBC 6 Chief Meteorologist Todd Warren: “In terms of the hail, I’ve been here for more than a couple decades, and I’ve never seen the hail that we’ve seen here, as widespread as we’ve seen it, as long-lasting as we’ve seen it than we have tonight across the ArkLaTex.”