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A home under construction in eastern Henderson County was damaged, and Chief Robert York of the Chandler Fire Department was injured during a lightning strike on Wednesday. He was taken to a Tyler hospital and has since been released.

Chandler's fire chief has returned home from a Tyler hospital after being hit by lightning on Wednesday, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said.

“It seems like everything is going to be okay with him.”

Robert York was working on a house on Redbud Road between Brownsboro and Chandler when he was hit.

“He's an electrician by trade, and he was working where a new subdivision is going in. We sent deputies out there and made contact with him, along with EMS. He was sent to Tyler, but he's okay now.”

It happened when a line of severe thunderstorms moved across the region on Wednesday afternoon.

“We had several county roads we ended up having to barricade because of flooding and some washouts,” Hillhouse said. “Most of it, I would say, would be on the east end of Precinct 3 and Precinct 4. We also had a few closed roads in Precinct 1 and Precinct 2.”

According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, some areas of Henderson County received about two and a half inches of rain, while others got between one a half and two inches.

“As we look ahead, we do have the potential again for increased rain chances this weekend,” meteorologist Patricia Sanchez said. “We believe it could be another one to two inches of rain with isolated higher amounts. Most of it is going to stay south of your area, around College Station.”

A 50 percent chance of thunderstorms is forecast for today. Tonight, an 80 percent chance of rain is expected, with a low around 60. On Saturday, the forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 71.

Meanwhile, the same line of thunderstorms produced an EF-0 tornado near Marshall just before midnight on Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported. It tore off some roofs off houses, destroyed metal buildings and snapped several trees.

“The tornado continued on the ground east where additional damage occurred to several homes, outbuildings and trees. (It) quickly lifted before crossing the Bedford County line.”

Tornadoes are ranked by the Enhanced Fujita Scale, from EF-0 to EF-5. EF-0 tornadoes produce wind between 65 and 85 miles per hour and are classified as “weak.”

The strongest, an EF-5, produces wind greater than 200 miles per hour and is considered “violent.”

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