Straight-line winds of up to 60 miles per hour are to blame for fallen trees and downed power poles Tuesday evening as a severe thunderstorm rolled across East Texas, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.
The winds were not tornadic in nature, said Michael Berry, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Shreveport.
Several thousand SWEPCO customers located north and west of the Longview area are still without electricity Wednesday morning. The company estimates full power will be restored by 10 p.m.
"Most of the remaining work involves replacement of broken utility poles and removal of tree debris," the company said in a social media post. "At the peak of the outage, the company said 17,000 customers lost power.
Meanwhile, about 500 ONCOR customers to the northwest of Tyler are also without electricity, along with several groups of five or fewer outages reported across the county.
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