CHEROKEE COUNTY – Power has been restored to most Cherokee County residents late Monday afternoon, except for some 200-plus in Jacksonville and Troup areas, following storms that rumbled through the region overnight Sunday.
Crews have been onsite, restoring service throughout the area, and continue to work until power is restored sometime late Monday, said Tom Trimble, East Texas area service manager for Oncor.
“Right now we have about 240 customers total,” he said, adding that at one point “we peaked out in the Jacksonville service territory at about 3,600 customers.”
The territory covers an area from Arp and Overton, to Whitehouse, and south to Alto.
“Our guys have been out there working since about 5 o'clock Sunday, when the first cell of storms knocked out power in Jacksonville and Troup. And then about 3 or 3:30 (Monday morning), there were some high winds – we anticipated them to be up to 80 miles per hour, so there was a lot of damage,” Trimble said. “Harry's Building Supply in Troup was damaged, and we had a lot of debris in lines.”
In Dallas, damage was even greater as a tornado ripped through a densely populated area of the city, according to the Associated Press.
The storm, which crossed over two major interstate highways in North Dallas was classified by an EF-3 storm, which has a maximum wind speed of 140 MPH, while a second twister in Rowlett was classified as an EF-1, with a maximum speed of 100 MPH, according to AP.
“There are quite a bit without power,” Trimble said. “You can imagine what happened in Alto (in April) going through a more populated area in Dallas. They've been working awhile there, but they've made huge strides.”
As a result, local crews were the only ones restoring power in East Texas following the storms.
“I'm just extremely proud of our guys and how hard, how safely they've worked today in a storm like this,” Trimble said. “Sometimes we have help, but with everything going on in Dallas right now, it was all our guys. I'm real proud of our linemen and supervisors.”