Monday, August 13, 2012

Thousands Without Power After Storms - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (blog)

Thousands Without Power After Storms

Storms in North Texas have knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

Dallas-based Oncor on Monday reported more than 23,000 customers without electricity. Utility officials say that's down from about 55,000 customers losing power Sunday night during strong winds and lightning.

Power crews worked throughout the night to restore electricity.  The areas with the most customers in the dark are in Northwest Fort Worth in the area around Meacham Airport and in Haltom City, where the power company predicts electricity won't be fully restored until midnight.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts of more than 70 mph were recorded in the Fort Worth area, leading to some downed trees and power lines. Authorities have no reports of major damage or injuries.

Forecasters say the Dallas-Fort Worth area should have highs topping 100 degrees Monday.

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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