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Updates as Southeast Texas cleans up after Tuesday’s storms

Several southeast Texas cities were severely damaged by Tuesday’s storm.

BEAUMONT, Texas — In the morning, after a series of severe storms swept through Southeast Texas and left a trail of damage, many are waking up to the lack of power and the task of cleaning up.

Several southeast Texas cities were severely damaged by Tuesday’s storm.

Those who have suffered storm-related damage are encouraged to visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s website and complete the iSTAT damage assessment.

Here are some updates on what’s happening in Southeast Texas on Wednesday…

9:30 p.m: Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Ardoin confirms about 100 Orange County homes were damaged.

9.00: The American Red Cross Gulf Coast Region opened an emergency shelter at Bridge Point Fellowship Overflow in Bridge City.

6:15 p.m: Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD remains closed Thursday due to power outages.

4:45 p.m.: The National Weather Service confirms a tornado made landfall in Orange County on Tuesday. An NWS official told 12News there could have been more than one tornado. The representative will not know the magnitude of the tornado or MPH until he returns to the area Thursday morning.

2.30: Orangefield ISD will remain closed Thursday due to power outages.

2:15 p.m.: West Orange-Cove CISD will remain closed Thursday due to power outages. Classes will resume on Friday when power is restored.

12:45 p.m.: Entergy’s outage website shows 13,280 customers without power in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange County, according to the Entergy outage website.

The bulk of the customers without power were in Orange County, where 12,626 remain without power. On Wednesday at 10 p.m. there were 14,761.

12:05 p.m.: Orange County Judge John Gothia has issued a disaster declaration for Orange County due to the severe damage caused by Tuesday’s storms.

Gothia based its decision on heavy damage and tornado activity, according to the statement. He specifically cited the landing of “one or more tornadoes” and the disruption of utility services in the county.

11:15 am: Entergy estimates Orange County won’t have power restored until 10 p.m. Thursday night.

The utility says power should be restored to Jefferson County, including the Beaumont and Port Arthur “grids,” by 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The “Winnie Network,” which includes Anahuac, the Bolivar Peninsula and surrounding areas, should also be restored by 10 p.m. Wednesday night, according to Entergy.

10:30 am: According to Entergy’s outage website, Entergy is reporting a total of 14,349 customers without power in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange County.

The majority of customers without power were in Orange County, where 13,467 were without power. On Wednesday at 10 p.m. there were 14,761.

10:30 am: Both the West Orange-Stark University boys’ and girls’ basketball games are held today, with the boys playing at home and the girls at Vidor’s. Both games at 6 p.m

8:30 am: National Weather Service officials are currently surveying the damage north of Lake Charles but tell 12News they plan to be in Orange later in the day to assess damage there.

8:05 am: Little Cypress-Mauriceville County officials say they are not currently aware of any damage on campus but have crews checking the county for damage. While classes remain canceled today, they hope to be in session Thursday but are still assessing how many families in the district remain without power.

7:50 am: The West Orange-Cove School District suffered no major damage, according to a district spokesman. They have crews surveying the campus for minor damage today. Power was restored to the high school campus last night. Classes in the district remain closed. An announcement about tonight’s basketball game will follow later.

7:30 a.m.: Taft Elementary School in the Port Neches-Groves neighborhood will remain closed today due to an on-campus power outage.

7:15 am: Kelly High School reports that they remain closed due to the campus power outage.

6:45 am: Entergy’s power outage website shows 14,614 customers in Jefferson and Orange County are still without power, with the majority of customers being in Orange County, where 13,572 are still without power.

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