Thousands lose power after 50 mph winds

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on February 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 8:40 AM

AUSTIN -- Power is back on for thousands of Austin residents after strong winds blew down power lines Monday.

Repairs were needed at hundreds of locations. At one point 18,000 people had lost power.

Austin Energy says winds up to 50 mph knocked down trees, power lines and poles in about six locations Monday. Crews were called to repair lines in more than 400 locations around Austin.

"In many instances tree trimming is required before repairs can be made," said Ed Clark with Austin Energy on Monday.

Clark said Austin Energy had 35 repair crews working on Tuesday's repairs.

The first power outage was reported around noon Monday in the Highway 71 W, MoPac and William Cannon area. More than 18 crews worked to re-route power in hundreds of areas around town. About a dozen tree trimming crews were also out in full force.

Most of the customers affected had power back on by Wednesday morning.



 

 

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