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POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 5:37pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 9:23am

Waves of severe weather hit east Texas Tuesday leaving blessed rain, but a lot of damage in their wake.
They hit east Texas like an express train, and like a train, it felt like several storms linked together and hitting one after one.
And when we woke up this morning, the cleanup began.
The weather map shows what happened, one storm cell after another hitting East Texas with rain, wind, some hail, and at least a dozen tornado touchdowns.
“Everything just kind of fell together with that powerful jet stream cutting across,” says KETK meteorologist Scott Chesner. “And once the storms got going in the afternoon, they just blew up very rapidly in the unstable atmosphere and began rotating and produced about a dozen tornadoes in the East Texas area.”
And while it will take a few days to confirm how many were separate tornadoes and how many were just multiple touchdowns, the area north of Edom, Jim wells, Hawkins and Gun Barrel City all saw some twisters.
Meanwhile high winds blew over trees, damaged roofs and generally made us pay for the rain we all wanted.
Even by 10am Wednesday there were still 6500 Oncor customers still without power in East Texas.
“While that front was just sitting, just off to our north and just to our west yesterday afternoon,” chesner explained, “it allowed these trains of storms to just keep on coming one after the other and some of them just kept moving right over the same areas where some people got ripped off and didn’t get much rain, and some people got 3-5 inches of rain.”
And Scott says it’s the time of year when we don’t just get storms, we get storms with drama.
“This time of the spring, usually it’s either a big storm or nothing. That’s East Texas weather,” he told us.
While the storm brought some truly horrific side effects, one benefit came west of Dallas.
The storm helped firefighters bring the Possum Kingdom wildfire closer to complete control.

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