Central Texas escapes brunt of October storm

A tree limb fell on utility lines in a North Waco neighborhood. (Courtesy photo)
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(KWTX) Several thousand Central Texas homes and businesses were without power at the start of the day Monday, but the region generally escaped the brunt of an October storm that caused extensive damage in Dallas, where a tornado left a path of damage in the northwest part of the city.

At least three people were injured, but none was seriously hurt, authorities said.

In Central Texas, gusty winds downed tree limbs and power lines, but there were few reports of other damage.

In Navarro County winds damaged a roof and destroyed a carport at a home in Kerens.

In Hamilton County, a storm spotter measured a 67 mph gust just outside of Hamilton.

By mid-morning Monday, fewer than 1,000 customers were without power in Central Texas according to Oncor’s online outage map.

But across its service area, Oncor reported a total of 95,000 customers without power as a result of the storm, most of them in Dallas where the tornado caused major damage to homes, businesses and schools.

“Oncor has secured additional support from utility partners across Texas and neighboring states,” the company said in a press release Monday morning.

“In many cases, complete reconstruction of electric equipment will be required, including replacing utility poles and transformers before new power lines can be installed,” the company said.

“Oncor vegetation management personnel must also remove tree limbs and other debris from lines before repairs can be made. Customers should be prepared for the possibility of extended and multi-day outages in the case of extremely damaged facilities.”