(May 10, 2013)—Hundreds of area residents were still without power Friday as the cleanup began after strong storms rumbled through, downing signs, trees and power lines.
Most of the power outages were in the Temple area, which was hard-hit Thursday.
High wind blew over 15 transmission line towers in the Belfalls area and downed the line over FM 935, Oncor said Friday.
The damage wasn’t affecting local customers, but did affect the company’s ability to send power elsewhere, Oncor said.
Temple Fire & Rescue responded to nearly 60 weather-related calls and on Friday officials said the effects of the storm were felt throughout the city.
The city Friday suspended out-of-cycle and over-the-limit brush collection fees through the end of the month.
"This declaration should allow homeowners the opportunity to clean up their properties without additional charges due to the wind associated with the storm," City Manager David Blackburn said.
The fee suspension does not include the suspension of fees for bulky items that are placed out of cycle and materials not from the wind damage to trees must adhere to regular collection schedules and guidelines, the city said.
The storms that pushed through Thursday produced high winds, large hail and high winds.
Thousands were without power late Thursday afternoon, mostly in the Temple area.
The storm produced golf-ball sized hail in Hamilton, one-inch hail in Moffat, one-inch hail in eastern Temple, 1.75-inch hail on the northeast side of Temple and one-inch hail in Westphalia.
A 72-mile-per-hour wind gust was measured in southwest Temple.
The wind blew a sign down in the 3100 block of South 31st Street in Temple and traffic on the loop in Temple was backed up because visibility was so poor.
Temple Fire & Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal said a power line was down at the Taco Bell at 31st Street and HK Dodgen Loop.
A downed power line evidently set a tree on fire between two daycares in Temple, Young World and the Central Texas Children’s Center.
The Central Texas Children's Center was evacuated because of the fire.
The storm downed trees and power lines throughout the city.
A tree downed by the storm in Troy tore an electrical service line from a house. The line shorted when power was restored, setting the home on fire.
The heavy rain caused a drain to overflow in the commons area of Belton High School and the water flowed out of the front doors of the school, district spokeswoman Judy Owens said.
Students left the schools through other exits when classes ended for the day.
Workers were cleaning up the mess late Thursday afternoon.
In Coryell County, the storm downed some trees and runoff covered a bridge.
Trees and power lines were downed in western Falls County.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for several area counties including parts of Bell, Coryell and McLennan Counties.
Storms were capable of producing Ping-Pong-ball size hail and producing winds of more than 65 miles per hour.
An urban and small stream flood advisory was in effect until late afternoon for central Bell County.