2:56 p.m. Thursday UPDATE: Longview police updated its list of intersections without power where officers will continue to direct traffic shortly before 2:30 p.m. Here's the list:

  • Eden Drive and Eastman Road
  • Pegues Place and Judson Road
  • HG Mosley Parkway and McCann Road
  • Gilmer Road and HG Mosley Parkway 
  • Fairmont Street and McCann Road
  • Gilmer Road and Hawkins Parkway
  • Fisher Road and Marshall Avenue
  • Eden Drive and Judson Road
  • Judson Road and HG Mosley Parkway

Eden Dr is closed between 4th St and Eastman Rd indefinitely

10:29 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: The section of Judson Road that had been closed to traffic after Wednesday's storms has now been reopened. 

Traffic lights are still out at Eden Drive and Pegues Place. 

9:55 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: Residents who experienced storm damage or who are without power are welcome to utilize services at the Longview Public Library. 

The library posted on its Facebook that residents are welcome to stop by to charge phones, check email, pick up some reading materials or to cool off. 

9:51 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: Karen Wissing off SWEPCO said at around 9:30 a.m. that 26,930 customers remain without power, with 21,000 in Longview.

Some of the hardest-hit areas, she said, are Longview Heights and Fourth Street at Le Duke Boulevard.

2,600 remained without power in Gladewater.

She said she will have a better idea by 2 p.m. when all power will be restored.

9:40 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: A crane has been positioned at Oakland Heights Baptist Church in Longview where the steeple was blown off the roof of the structure Wednesday during storms. 

The steeple tore a hole in the roof when it feel, allowing rain to pour into the church, Senior Pastor Michael Cook said Wednesday evening. 

9:34 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview reports it has volunteers available to help residents who experienced storm damage. If interested, email info@nbbctx.org

9:29 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: U.S. Title Company in Longview reports it will be frying fish and providing a grab-and-go lunch for anyone who would like a hot lunch today. 

7:51 a.m. Thursday UPDATE: Longview police on Thursday morning reported several intersections still did not have working traffic lights. Intersections without working traffic lights should be treated as a 4-way stop. 

Those still without power are:

  • Gilmer Road at Hawkins Pkwy
  • HG Mosley Parkway at Judson Road
  • Fisher Road at Marshall Avenue
  • McCann Road at Woodcrest
  • Judson Road at Pegues
  • Fourth Street at Eden Drive
  • Fourth Street Pegues
  • McCann Road at Fairmont
  • HG Mosley Parkway at Marshall Ave
  • Eden Drive at Eastman Road
  • Pine Tree Road at George Richey Road

Several roads are also closed including:

  • Portions of Judson Road
  • Fairmont Street between Bill Owens Parkway and McCann Rd
  • The eastbound lane of Delwood Drive near Akin Park currently has a tree down blocking that portion of the roadway.

7 a.m. Thursday morning UPDATE: Some area school districts have announced changes in schedules Thursday after storms on Wednesday caused widespread power outages and damage in the area.

 Those are:

Gladewater ISD: Starts at 10:30 a.m.; faculty and staff to arrive at 10 a.m.

Longview ISD: Longview ISD reported shortly after 6 a.m. that all campuses are open and that buses would be running this morning. 

It does not appear, however, that all campuses have power. Students who normally attend campuses that do not yet have power restored could be bused to other schools. 

Marshall ISD: Marshall High School, Marshall Junior High and DAEP start at 9:30 a.m. WECC and all K-5 campuses start at 10 a.m. Buses will run 2 hours later than normal.

St. Mary’s Catholic School: Starts at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Union Hill ISD: Starts at 10 a.m., buses will run 2 hours later than normal, staff reports at 9 a.m.

Pine Tree ISD: No school Thursday

Spring Hill ISD: 2-hour delay Thursday

Union Grove ISD: No school Thursday

9:57 p.m. UPDATE: Spring Hill ISD will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday, according to Superintendent Wayne Guidry. 

7:29 p.m. UPDATE: Residents with yard debris can schedule Bulky Item Service by calling 903-237-1240 during open business hours or through .

All items must be placed on the curb. .

7:13 p.m. UPDATE: Gladewater ISD has delayed the start of school tomorrow to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday with faculty and staff to arrive at 10 a.m. 

6:11 p.m. UPDATE: St. Mary's Catholic School will start at 10 a.m. Thursday after storms moved through the region Wednesday knocking out power to tens of thousand of residents and businesses in Gregg County. 

Longview ISD could delay classes, but that decision will not be made until early Thursday. 

4:38 p.m. UPDATE: The city of Longview has issued a storm response. Here's the news release: 

The City of Longview responded Wednesday to widespread storm damage following a weather event.  

Longview Police Department, Longview Fire Department, Longview Public Works and agency partners are working to clean up downed trees and wind damage across the city.

Roadways Affected

Residents are encouraged to avoid driving, if not necessary, to help keep the roads clear for clean up crews. Many roadways have been affected across the city including major thoroughfares and residential streets.

In particular, citizens were asked to avoid:

  • Fourth Street between LeDuke Boulevard and Eden Drive
  • Judson Road
  • McCann Road from Fairmont Street to Montclair Street
  • H.G. Mosley Parkway at Marshall Avenue
  • Fairmont Street at Bill Owens Parkway

Reporting Issues

The City of Longview is aware of downed trees throughout the city.  Please refrain from calling Public Safety Communications (911) unless you are reporting a true emergency requiring immediate police, fire, or EMS response.

Power Outages

Power outages affected thousands of customers across the community including numerous city offices.

AEP SWEPCO Outages

Offices without power included:

  • Longview City Hall
  • Longview Public Library
  • Longview Development Services
  • Longview Community Services
  • Human Resources
  • Partners in Prevention
  • The Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Longview Public Works
  • Longview Fire Department Administration

CityView Municipal Television

Power was also out at the CityView Municipal Television and Public Safety TV station. Broadcast may be affected.

UPDATE: The power failure in downtown Longview, which is on the city's inner electrical grid and typically the least susceptible to outages, forced closure of the Gregg County Courthouse around 2:30 p.m.

"We're closed," County Judge Bill Stoudt said shortly after 3 p.m. "We got notification from SWEPCO that our power wouldn't be on for four or five hours. ... So, we just shut it down."

He said he had not received reports of any injuries or major damage.
The judge had been in Gladewater when the severe weather arrived.

"There's a lot of wind damage," he said. "They've got trees down (in Gladewater), and we've got trees down all over the county. ... I haven't heard of any road closures right now. Right now, our sheriff's department phones are inundated, and so are the city of Longview's."

Stoudt said the city had sent staff to the sheriff's department " ...so they can answer questions on behalf of the city."

UPDATE: LeTourneau University canceled finals for the day at 3:11 p.m., while Longview ISD has started its evening bus routes, officials said.

LeTourneau is in the midst of finals week, and the university postponed Wednesday afternoon finals until Thursday, spokeswoman Janet Ragland said.

LISD spokeswoman Liz Ross said she doesn't know how delayed buses will be at this time. She also described Eastman Road as "torn up," with downed trees that have damaged fences along the route.

"It looks like a mess, and there are traffic lights all along Eastman, which is causing traffic to move very slowly," Ross said, "but fortunately, people are being very cautious. No one is driving crazy, but there is still a lot of people out and about."

All exams scheduled for 3 p.m. today at LeTourneau University have been rescheduled 6 p.m. Thursday. 
  
UPDATE: At least four Longview ISD campuses are without power, and the district is delaying its evening bus routes amid the ongoing tornado watch in the area, spokeswoman Liz Ross said.
 
Parents who pick up their children from LISD schools are being asked to walk inside the building, she added.
 
"We don't want them waiting in line and something happening, and their safety, teacher safety, student safety is our top priority," Ross said. "If we're still under tornado watch at dismissal, then we're going to hold students."
 
Hudson PEP Elementary, Bramlette Elementary, Foster Middle School and the Education Service Center are all without power, she said adding that her husband, a Hallsville ISD teacher, told her that HISD was in shelter-in-place mode earlier this afternoon but has now decided to release students at their normal dismissal times.
 
White Oak city secretary and assistant coordinator Melba Haralson said that several trees are down and blocking roadways across the city. Four trees are down on Whatley Road, and downed trees are blocking White Oak Road and Persons Road, she said. However, there are no reports of flooded streets.
 
UPDATE: At 3:07 p.m., SWEPCO reported more than 35,000 customers in Gregg County without power as storms continue to move through the region. 
UPDATE: Our journalists are reporting roads closed or impassable in several areas around Longview. 

McCann is reportedly blocked in several places, including between Mockingbird and Montclair. Reported Kristen Barton is seeing signs torn off buildings along Judson Road. 

McCann closed

Part of McCann Road in Longview is closed after trees fell Wednesday during storms in Longview. 

Storms
UPDATE: At about 2:45 p.m., Kimberly Hollan reported that she was in Dillard's at the Longview Mall when she and other customers were told to get into the dressing rooms because of the storms. 

She said employees were with them, and there were about 20 people in the dressing rooms as the sirens sounded inside the store. 

UPDATE:

At 2:40 p.m., City of Longview spokesman Shawn Hara said staff was trying to assess damage. He asked residents to be patient "because there  there will be a lot of wind damage to be cleaned up.

 

"Obviously there's power down or out all over kind of throughout town. A lot of the city offices are without power," Hara said, adding that there are "lots of reports of trees down."

UPDATE: As of 2:28 p.m., AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. reported more than 22,000 Longview-area customers and another 2,000-plus customers in the Kilgore and Liberty City areas without power.

Trees are down on multiple roadways, Longview Police Department spokesman Kristie Brian said.

"I would say don't go down Fourth Street south of the loop," Brian said adding that trees are down on both sides of the road on Hollybrook Drive both east and west of Eastman Road.

2:20 P.M. UPDATE: Trees are down on multiple roadways, Longview Police Department spokesman Kristie Brian said.

"I would say don't go down Fourth Street south of the loop," Brian said adding that trees are down on both sides of the road on Hollybrook Drive both east and west of Eastman Road.

UPDATE:  Power outages are sweeping across East Texas as weather watches and warning are in effect accompanying storms in the region. 

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. reported at 2:01 p.m. that more than 4,500 customers in Gregg County were without power. Outages included 674 customers in Rusk County, 496 in Upshur and 263 in Smith County. 

The city of Longview reported at 2:13 p.m. that power was out at several city offices, including City Hall, the Longview Public Library, Development Services and Partners in Prevention.

PREVIOUS: Nearly 3,600 electric customers are without power in Longview amid a severe thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Upshur and Gregg counties, most of Harrison and Rusk counties and western Panola County until 3 p.m. Wednesday, and a tornado warning for central Cass and Bowie counties.

SWEPCO is reporting that 3,574 customers in the Longview area — and nearly 6,000 throughout Gregg County — are without power.

Jimmy Daniell Isaac covers the city of Longview and Gregg County. Follow him on Twitter: @jimmyisaaclives.  

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