The Commerce Journal

Local News

June 9, 2014

Reports of damage in county from overnight storms

COMMERCE — High winds associated with powerful thunderstorms overnight caused damage to buildings and resulted in scattered power outages across the county.

Although there were no severe thunderstorm warnings issued for Hunt County in connection with the storms, at least two "out buildings" — a barn and a tractor shed — along FM 2874, near the Intersection of FM 512, according to Hunt County Director of Homeland Security/Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill.

"The National Weather Service is reporting we had a maximum wind gust of 47 miles per hour," Hill said. "I'm going to say we had winds higher than that."

Hundreds of people served by FEC Electric and Oncor Electric lost power overnight, primarily in the Commerce area, with crews reportedly working to restore power to the area at this hour.

Several trees were reported toppled in and near Commerce due to the storms, although Hill said there was no indication of any tornadic activity.

"I'm sure it was straight line winds," Hill said.

There was one power outage reported in the Kayway and Rabb streets neigthborhoods in Greenville early this morning, although officials with GEUS said there was no indication it was storm-related.

And a lightning strike may have been responsible for a house fire this morning in the area of State Highway 276 and Telephone Road in West Tawakoni.

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