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July 3, 2014

Heavy storms knock out power to 20,000 plus in area

As  Hurricane Arthur was bearing down on the east coast of the U.S. heavy storms were pounding the southeast Texas area on Thursday.

Heavy storms moved through Jefferson County knocking out power to upwards of 20,000 Entergy customers.

Debi Derrick, spokesperson with Entergy Texas, said the first outages associated with the storm were reported in the New Caney and Conroe areas with the Port Arthur area hardest hit.

Power was restored to some areas and by 6 p.m. approximately 11,000 customers were still without power. According to the Entergy website, the estimated time for restoration to all areas is noon Friday.

Montra Lockwood, meteorologist with the National Weather Service-Lake Charles, said there was an official report of a wind gust of 66 mph at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Beaumont.

“The interaction between a couple of storm boundaries occurred over Beaumont,” Lockwood said.

The strong winds caused some issues around the area including a traffic light in Port Arthur which was blown sideways and a report of a fallen tree in Beaumont.

Lightning from the storm caused a house fire in the 800 block of Evergreen in Beaumont, according to information from the Beaumont Police Department. Beaumont Fire Rescue responded to the fire at about 4:16 p.m. July 3 and found a home with flames showing in one room.

Firefighters were able to confine the fire to one rear bedroom of the home and the occupants were able to escape without injury before firefighters arrived. Red Cross has been notified to assist the family.

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