Central Texas storms cause scattered damage, power outages

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(KWTX) Hundreds were still without power Thursday morning after powerful thunderstorms roared through Central Texas, causing scattered damage to trees, power lines and roofs.

High winds stripped a roof from a house and left it wrapped around a tree on Canyon Heights Road in Belton. (Photo courtesy of Bill Mosley)

Oncor’s online outage map showed that the largest number of customers without power by mid-morning Thursday were in the Waco area.

Hundreds in Bell County were also without power.

At noon Thursday, crews were still working to restore service to hundreds of homes and businesses.

The Dead Fish Grill in on Belton Lake also sustained damage during the storm.

Erica Lopez, the Private Event Coordinator, said there is roof damage and a garage door “popped off.”

Though the restaurant was closed, employees were still inside but not hurt as the strong winds slammed the building.

Lopez said they are still open but outdoor seating is limited.

In Falls County, one-inch hail was reported in Marlin and a 58-mile-per hour wind gust was recorded 2.5 miles northwest of Rosebud.

In Limestone County, a spotter reported quarter-sized hail on Highway 14 south of Kosse.

In McLennan County there were reports of dime-sized hail 4 miles northwest of Waco and 1-inch hail in Waco.

Downed trees were reported in Woodway.

A 59-mile-per-hour wind gust was recorded at Waco Regional Airport.

As a result of a power outage and the failure of a back-up generator early Thursday, about 200,000 gallons of wastewater spilled near 1911 North Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Waco and emptied in the Brazos River.

The discharge was stopped at around 7:30 a.m. after about an hour.

In Navarro County, quarter-sized hail was reported 4 miles east-southeast of Eureka.

Emergency management officials reported several downed trees and roof damage in Dawson in Navarro County.

In Robertson County, authorities received “numerous calls about trees in roadways,” and were advising residents who encounter road obstructions to call the sheriff’s office at (979) 828-3299.

Across the South, an estimated 200,000 people were without power Thursday.

More than 70,000 homes and businesses are without power in Arkansas, and more than 30,000 outages each are reported in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, where crews are out working to remove toppled trees and clear blocked roads.