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Power restored in most areas following storm

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
March 20, 2012 at 7:02 a.m.
Updated March 19, 2012 at 10:20 p.m.

The stop light at  U.S. Highway 59 and South Laurent Street was without power Tuesday morning.

Early morning thunderstorms caused isolated power outages throughout the Crossroads Tuesday.

Power has been restored in most affected locations, said Elgin Janssen, AEP spokesman.

Some customers along South Moody Street and Vine Street in Victoria were still without service as of 10 a.m., Janssen said.

"All customers should be restored to service by noon, provided there is no damage to the customer's equipment and they can accept service," Janssen said.

The storm disrupted service along South Laurent Street when a tree limb fell across the line at 6:05 a.m.

Service was restored in two phases with the first 930 customers back in service at 7:37 a.m. and the remaining 796 at 8:05 a.m.

"This is the same circuit that was interrupted last Saturday night when a critical power pole was destroyed by a vehicle," Janssen said.

Janssen added that in north Victoria a circuit serving the Country Club Addition was affected by the storm at 5:50 a.m.

A tree limb had also fallen across a line affecting service to 692 customers. Service was restored to 419 customers at 6:57 a.m. and 273 customers at 8:05 a.m.

Refugio County was one of the earliest areas to feel the weather's wrath as high voltage transmission lines were knocked out by the storm about 2 a.m., said Janssen. Areas affected in Refugio county included Bonneview, Woodsboro, Refugio, Bayside and about half the town of Tivoli. In Aransas County, Lamar, Holiday Beach were affected.

About 5,700 customers in Refugio and Aransas counties were affected, Janssen said.

Service was restored about 4:30 a.m. in those areas.

Outages were also reported in Point Comfort, Port Lavaca, Goliad, Yorktown, Kenedy, El Campo, Bay City, Blessing, Ganado and Edna.

These areas totaled about 600 residential and commercial customers and service has been restored, Janssen said.

The storm, with wind gusts up to 32 mph, dumped 1.14 inches of rain on Victoria, said Penny Zabel, meteorologist with the National Weather Services in Corpus Christi.

"You may still see some rain for a few more hours, but it should clear out by noon," Zabel said.

More rain is possible overnight, she said.

There have been no reports of damage, closures or flooding caused by the storm.



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