WHITEHOUSE, Texas (KETK) – One person died after Monday night’s storm in Whitehouse reached over 100 mph.

The National Weather Service’s preliminary report revealed that the straight-line winds experienced in last night’s storm in Whitehouse reached over 100 mph, equivalent to that of an EF-1 tornado.

Because of the damaging winds, one person died as a result.

Whitehouse Fire Chief Madison Johnson confirmed that 71-year-old W.M. Solomon was killed in the overnight storms.

Johnson said that Solomon was found dead in his home.

See below for the full press conference about the death in Whitehouse due to the storms.

“It’s still sad to lose somebody,” said Sebastian Paul, a Whitehouse tornado victim. “Unfortunately one of the residents passed away which is very said. Prayers to their family.”

Officials said emergency personnel and city crews conducted “rapid damage assessments through our hardest-hit neighborhoods.” The National Weather Service was also on the scene to determine the nature of this weather event.

“It’s an experience I never want to live through again,” said Shirley Smith, a Whitehouse storm victim.

First responders across the Piney Woods region were urging caution to drivers Tuesday morning to be wary of fallen trees and downed power lines.

“I got a call from neighbors about their tree being in their yard and seeing a boatload of damage,” said Paul.

Fallen trees in the Whitehouse area were spotted throughout the early morning hours as the sun came up.

Whitehouse city officials posted their own warning, saying power was out for most of the city and that there was debris on the roads.

“Please be careful and only get out and about if necessary,” the statement read.

The city has been in contact with Republic Services on the topic of brush and limb removal:

  • Any limbs must be three feet or less in length
  • Whitehouse residents can use the Greenwood Farms Landfill free once a month if they show their most recent City of Whitehouse water bill

“I want to go further on and say to all the agencies that responded and assisted the city of Whitehouse and their citizens today,” said Johnson. “It was a team effort. It’s a community like this that makes this place a great place to live.”

For more information about trash service and tree removal, click here.

Oncor has been working to restore power as quickly as possible.