EAST TEXAS – A line of severe thunderstorm caused heavy damage around East Texas Thursday morning. The storms brought severe lightning and straight-line winds which included winds up to 50 and 60 miles an hour. One hard-hit area was Kilgore, where thousands of homes were damaged and power knocked out. The damage calls to the city started coming in around 3:15 Thursday morning. City crews and emergency responders spent Thursday working to clear trees from streets. Officials said The Kilgore College Parks Fitness Center, on Laird Street west of Broadway Boulevard, is open to the public. Anyone in need will be able to shower and charge their electronic devices.