By Bill Oliver/Brad Kellar
Hunt County, TX –
Hunt County and the rest of northeast Texas didn't have the sleet and snow that literally drove people off roads in the panhandle, Oklahoma, Kansas, and points north. But some experienced problems from a blast from the North Pole that moved through the Saturday before Christmas.
High winds which gusted into Greenville from out of the north and west were believed to have contributed to a blackout across the northern part of the city Saturday afternoon. GEUS General Manager David McCalla said the power outage was caused by the loss of the utility's diesel electric generating plant. A tree limb on Sayle Street was found to have fallen across all three phases of the primary feeder lines, McCalla said.
Snapped tree limbs were also said to be responsible for a scattering of minor power outages during the day Saturday. Power went out at around 1:25 p.m. and was down for about 30 minute before being restored.
Temperatures in Commerce dropped from a Friday high of 62 to a Saturday high of 35, according to statistics from weather instruments located atop the Science Building at Texas A&M University-Commerce. You can read current and past conditions by going to our home page at ketr.org.