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More storms rip through area, damage Gilmer buildings

More storms rip through area, damage Gilmer buildings
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 9:09am

Strong winds, heavy rain and hail were reported in the Gilmer area and elsewhere in East Texas Thursday night, causing extensive damage and power outages.

Gilmer Police Department officials reported numerous calls of storm related damage that included roofs blown off some buildings, trees down and extensive damage to the Upshur County Courthouse.

A police department dispatcher said among the structures damaged were the Upshur County Courthouse and the Roberts Building on the downtown square. Residents reported numerous trees and limbs were down.

Heavy damage was also reported in Gilmer at the Sonic Drive-In and the Tefteller law offices.

In Longview, emergency officials reported a tank battery on North Fuller Road caught fire, evidently from a lightning strike, and that firefighters were on the scene.

AEP/Southwestern Electric Power Co. reported about 3,200 customers in Gregg and Harrison County were without power as of about 7:30 p.m. Officials with the Upshur Rural Electric Co-op could not be reached for comment.

National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Stevens said his Sheveport station received reports of numerous trees down in Upshur County along both U.S. 271 north of Gilmer and along Texas 155.

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