Scattered Outages Leave Hundreds Without Power In Central Texas

A residential street in Waco was closed to traffic Thursday morning while crews repaired a downed line. (Photo by Kyle Muscarello)

(December 20, 2012)—Dozens of widely scattered power outages left hundreds of Central Texas residents in the dark Thursday morning as trees and tree limbs downed by powerful winds fell on electric lines.

Most of the outage reports were in the Waco area.

In some neighborhoods, streets were closed temporarily because of downed lines.

North 18th Street between Maple and Cumberland Avenues in Waco was closed late Thursday morning because of a downed line.

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A wind advisory was in effect through 3 p.m. for most of Central Texas because of northwest winds associated with a cold front of 20 to 35 miles per hour with gusts as high as 45 miles per hour.

The problem was worse to the north.

Utility crews were working to restore power in the Dallas area where thousands were without service.

By dawn Thursday Austin Energy had restored power to all but about 375 customers from an earlier count of nearly 4,900 outages in Central Texas.

Wednesday in West Texas, the gusty winds produced a dust storm that led to chain reaction crashes that left one dead and 17 injured, forcing authorities to close a portion of Interstate 27 north of Lubbock.

Cpl. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Safety said 23 vehicles were involved in the series of chain-reaction crashes Wednesday afternoon south of Abernathy.

He described conditions as "like a white-out, only this would be black," as sand and dirt were kicked up by the wind.