Storms Leave Thousands Without Electricity

Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:00 PM CDT
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24,000 Still Without Power

Keith Minor

Lightning over Cedar Hill.

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Thunderstorms that rolled over parts of drought-suffering Texas have left behind power outages and not enough moisture.

Oncor Electric Delivery reported Monday that nearly 50,000 customers were without power, mostly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Dallas-based utility says the rest of the outages were mainly in East Texas and South Texas.

Just before 2 p.m., Oncor said 24,000 were without power across the DFW area and that crews were working as quickly as possible to restore service.

"We have approximately 24,000 power outages across the DFW area due to this morning's storm and the high winds that have continued throughout the day. Our crews are working as safely and quickly as they can to restore power. We appreciate your patience. Please call 888-313-4747 to report outages," Oncor said.

San Marcos Electric Utility reported about 2,000 customers lost power after winds blew down a tree behind a wastewater lift station, bringing down a feeder line to the substation. A statement from the city, located 30 miles south of Austin, said most of the power was restored by late Monday morning.

The Texas Forest Service says 179 of the state's 254 counties have burn bans during the lingering dry conditions.

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