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Windy Christmas produces some power outages

By Sonny Long
Dec. 26, 2012 at 6:26 a.m.
Updated Dec. 27, 2012 at 6:27 a.m.


"A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things."

George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Christmas Day 2012 in the Crossroads will be remembered as a windy one.

With gusts as high as 48 mph and a highest sustained speed of 37mph, the wind from the northwest averaged 20 mph for the 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

And it wreaked havoc.

The high winds caused tree limbs to let go of their lofty perches, often into power lines.

The Victoria Fire Department received more than a dozen calls regarding electrical sparks and grass fires throughout the city, but there was no major damage reported.

"When the wind calmed down, the calls slowed down," said Battalion Chief Roger Hempel. "There was nothing significant."

The winds struck early, knocking out power in the Victoria area about 6:30 a.m. with 562 customers affected, said Omar Lopez, spokesman for American Electric Power Co.

Power was restored by 8:52 a.m.

"It took some time because we had to trim some trees," Lopez said.

One of the hardest hit areas was El Campo, where 1,051 customers lost power about 5:32 p.m. Tuesday. Power was back on by 6:18 p.m, said Lopez.

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