Orange wind gust clocked at 60 mph

lightning file photo

Beaumont might be in for a nice, sunny weekend, but last night’s storm was anything but pleasant. 

Although most of Southeast Texas received less than 2 inches of rainfall Thursday, June 6, the line of thunderstorms that rolled through the area produced heavy winds and a spectacular electrical storm, causing some areas to lose power. 

“There were numerous power lines snapped and down, both across Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas,” said forecaster Donald Jones, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Lake Charles. 

Jones said the most rainfall was in Harmony, which received 2.75 inches, and the highest wind gust was clocked in Orange at 60 mph. 

At approximately 6:37 p.m., a portion of Beaumont’s Old Town lost power and broad swaths of Lumberton and Port Arthur were without power, according to Entergy’s website. 

“Pretty much through that whole area, you were looking at wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph. Most areas did pick up between 1 and 2 inches, but the high winds were made it scary,” Jones said. “Of course, the lightning as well.”