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Early morning storm knocks lights out

By Sonny Long
March 20, 2012 at 10:05 p.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 on Tuesday.

Power was restored in most affected locations by 8 a.m., said Elgin Janssen, AEP spokesman.

Customers along South Moody Street and Vine Street in Victoria had their power restored about 11 a.m., 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," he 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 and 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.

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

Victoria is not expected to get anymore rain for a while, said Jason Runyen, meteorologist with the National Weather Services in Corpus Christi.

After a cloudy Tuesday night with the temperature in the mid-50s, residents can expect a cloudy morning, which should clear up in the afternoon with high temperatures reaching the mid-70s, Runyen said.

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