Utility Says 33,000 Homes Lost Electricity

Rain and lightning continues to cause power outages

Oncor says more than 33,000 homes and businesses lost electricity Thursday during a second day of storms in North Texas.

However by 3:30 p.m. Oncor says that number dropped to 4,000 across the Metroplex, down from 17,000 at noon.

Rain and lightning continued early Thursday in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a day after hail the size of quarters was recorded.

Crews with Dallas-based Oncor Electric worked to restore power. Most of the outages were in the Fort Worth area. Oncor says the outages followed in the storm's path but there were no major problems.

The outages caused some minor headaches for drivers, businesses and home owners on Thursday. Fort Worth Police had to direct traffic through the intersection at Alta Mesa Drive and McCart Avenue until power was restored in the early afternoon.

At Sister's Beauty Salon on McCart owner Victoria Gomez and hairstylist Aquanita Robinson waited with customers for the power to come back on.

"There's nothing we can do but wait it out," Robinson said.

"We have all the customers here waiting, we need to make some money," Gomez said jokingly. "So please get the power on."

The store has only been open a few weeks and while some customers were willing to wait with graduations to prepare for, Gomez was hoping the outage didn't last too much longer.

Down a block from the store on McCart Oncor crews were looking at a power pole that had some minor damage to the top. By 2 p.m. power was back on to nearly that entire south Fort Worth neighborhood.

Another location experiencing power outages on Thursday was John Peter Smith Hospital. The JPS Professional Office Complex buildings lost power early Thursday morning.

The hospital's communications office says 12 out-patients and about 140 staff evacuated and were either rescheduled or returned to the building when power came back 90 minutes later.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms in the Dallas area should move on later Thursday, while Central Texas can expect more rain.

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