Storm leaves 1,361 customers in dark (video)

Sonny Long

July 11, 2012 at 2:11 a.m.

A thunderstorm knocked out power to 1,361 electricity customers in Victoria for more than an hour Wednesday morning.

At 9:06 a.m., customers north of Crestwood Drive between Main Street and Navarro Street lost power, said Elgin Janssen, spokesman for American Electric Power Co.

"Rain-soaked tree limbs sagged onto overhead electrical primary conductors and tripped a breaker at the Magruder substation on U.S. Highway 87 North," Janssen said.

Power was restored by 10:30 a.m.

Between midnight and 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, 2.59 inches of rain fell officially in Victoria, but isolated areas got much more, according to the National Weather Service.

"Some areas got as much as 5 to 6 inches," Alina Nieves of the NWS said Wednesday afternoon.

One rain observer reported 4.44 inches and another 3.65 inches, both near Inez, as of Wednesday afternoon, Nieves said.

Flash flood warnings were issued for Victoria, Goliad, Refugio, Matagorda and Jackson counties during the day on Wednesday.

Parsons Road in Nursery was closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday because of high water.

"That's the first place Spring Creek floods. The next place is Nursery Road, but so far it's not that high. Hopefully, it will recede before that," Victoria County Commissioner Kevin Janak said about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Victoria County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeb Lacey said several other roads had been closed Wednesday afternoon, including Bischoff and LaSalle at Arenosa Creek, Benbow and Salem at Garcitas Creek, J2 Ranch Road at Leona Creek and McCormick Road.

"We will continue to keep an eye on the rainfall and want to encourage citizens to use caution when out on the roads," Lacey said.

Nieves said the rest of the week looks rainy, too.

"We are forecasting 50 percent on Thursday and 40 percent on Friday," she said.

At least two reports of lightning strikes in Victoria, both hitting trees and setting them ablaze, also came in Wednesday morning. No significant damage associated with those fires was reported.

Several traffic crashes also were reported inside the Victoria city limits as well as a crash on U.S. Highway 87 North near Nursery that sent three people to the hospital.



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