Storm downs lines, causes power outages

July 15, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.
Updated July 16, 2017 at 6 a.m.

East Forrest and South Navarro streets were blocked to traffic because of a downed power line after the storm that rolled through Victoria early Saturday evening.

East Forrest and South Navarro streets were blocked to traffic because of a downed power line after the storm that rolled through Victoria early Saturday evening.   Nicolas Galindo for The Victoria Advocate

A line of thunderstorms that came through Victoria on Saturday afternoon caused street signs, trees and power lines to come down.

The main threat of the storm was the damaging 60 mph winds, said Kevin Wagner, meteorologist for the National Weather Service of Corpus Christi.

Senior Patrol Officer Cody Balli, of the Victoria Police Department, was northbound about 6:15 p.m. Saturday on North Navarro Street when he saw a broken light pole at the intersection of East Forrest Street and North Navarro Street.

He said it was caused by a broken tree branch that came down, got caught on the wires and pulled down the light pole.

About 67 Victoria customers of the American Electric Power were affected by outages, said Vee Strauss, external affairs manager for Victoria of AEP. She said the expected time for the power to be restored was about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wagner said the storm system was expected to weaken as the heat of the day dissipated.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain for Sunday, which will decrease to about 30 percent in the evening, he said.


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