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A severe thunderstorm with winds in excess of 60 mph hit Henderson County on Wednesday night. Trees in Athens and surrounding areas tumbled to the ground. A home on College Street in Athens barely escaped damage of a downed tree.

A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.

The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.

Of the 26,000 Oncor customers who lost power during the night, many were still out on Thursday, with some not expected to be restored until Friday. According to Oncor Electric, the Gun Barrel City, Athens,  Brownsboro and Trinidad areas had hundreds of outages.  As of Thursday afternoon, Oncor was estimating that the last of the outages could occur as late as 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls shortly before 8 p.m., reporting the storm-related problems. The first call was from the Purtis Creek area, east of Eustace.  As the storm swept through the area, just about all parts of the county felt the effects. About 40 weather-related calls were received within just a couple of hours after the storm hit.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said the broken limbs and branches are common when the storms came from a different direction than normal.

“When storms come from the southwest, they’re usually not as bad, but from the northeast, we usually get quite a bit of limbs broken,” Geeslin said.

Oncor urged its affected customers to take extra precautions during the extreme heat expected on Thursday. The National Weather Service placed Henderson County and much of North Texas under a heat advisory on Thursday that was expected to run until 10 p.m. on Friday.

Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative had almost 7,000 outages in Henderson, Anderson, Hunt, Kaufman and Van Zandt counties. By midday on Thursday, 190 meters were still reporting outages, but they had all been restored by the late afternoon.

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