Even though Wednesday night’s thunderstorm didn’t last very long, it packed quite a punch downing several trees in the area.
The cold front passed through around midnight causing the National Weather Service to issue multiple severe thunderstorm warnings and a tornado watch for the area.
Several reports of trees down on roads and highways occurred including one on Highway 29 south of Hope next to the Rafter J Cowboy Church and on Highway 355 at the McNab City Park.
A barn was reported to have blown across the road at 201 Hempstead 43.
A tree partially blocked Hope’s West 15th Street in the 1100 block.
Trees were reported down on Highway 371 in McCaskill and east of Blevins.
A tree fell into the edge of traffic on I-30 in Hempstead County.
As the night progressed more and more downed trees were being discovered in both counties. There were also reports of power lines down.
Law enforcement was working with highway crews and utility companies overnight to get all the debris removed from the roadways and get power restored.
The front passing through will give us lower temperatures, but not for long. And in case you’re wondering, the Christmas day forecast is for mostly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of showers. The high temperature should be around 53 degrees.