Thousands lose power in Austin area


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on December 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 2:27 PM

AUSTIN -- The cold front that blew in Sunday evening brought some strong winds with it, leaving some Central Texans in the dark for hours.

Electric crews responded to numerous calls of outages. In South Austin winds blew over a power pole. Austin Energy spokesman Ed Clark says about 2,300 customers lost power.

When crews responded Monday morning to calls of the outage at Brodie Lane and Alexandria Drive they discovered several poles leaning to the side and some lines torn away.

The team re-routed lines to restore power to the most affected customers within the first couple of hours, however Clark says about 30 customers will remain without power until the affected poles are replaced.

Several nearby business have yet to open. Others are working through the dark.

“I can't turn on the register. I can't turn on the lights. So you know [I am]  just probably going to have to take orders. Our credit card machine ain't working. Our phones ain't working. It's gonna slow us down a bit,” said Rosie Benavides at the Four Sons’ Quality Cleaners.

Austin Energy estimates it will take until Monday afternoon before crews can replace the damaged pole.

The outage at Brodie Lane is only one of a handful Austin Energy responded to overnight. Another outage in the Barton Hills and Rabb Road area affected about 1,000 customers. Crews had to trim trees to clear damaged lines.

Nearly 2,000 more customers lost power in Cedar Park when a pole near Lakeline was knocked down. Pedernales Electric Cooperative crews had to replace the pole.

Temperatures are expected to drop even more Monday evening, but meteorologists are not predicting such strong wind gusts.