Category: Power Outage


By Associated Press Reporter

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Utility crews restored power to thousands of Pennsylvania homes Saturday and early Sunday, yet some customers in the dark for days after a tree-snapping ice storm may not regain power until early next week.

About 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remained without power early Sunday, and faced the prospect of yet another day without electric heat or light.

The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area, with utility PECO reporting about 77,500 outages, as of 1 a.m., down from about 155,000 earlier Saturday.

Frozen: About 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland are still without power, and faced the prospect of yet another day without electric heat or light.

Frozen: About 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland are still without power, and faced the prospect of yet another day without electric heat or light.

Snowed in: More than 1 million customers lost power at the ice storm's peak

Snowed in: More than 1 million customers lost power at the ice storm’s peak

The latest outages include nearly 39,000 customers in hard-hit Chester County, or more than one in five customers.

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Storm cuts power, snarls traffic as ice grips Pa.

By RON TODT and MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press : February 5, 2014 : Updated: February 5, 2014 4:06pm

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A downed tree covered in ice lays atop a minivan after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A coating of ice and slush took down power lines and trees, closed schools and snarled traffic in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, the latest insult in what has been a long winter of weather-related injury.

About 750,000 customers were without power, Gov. Tom Corbett said in a briefing in the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency outside Harrisburg.

“People are going to have to have some patience at this point,” Corbett said, warning that an overnight refreeze could cause more problems on the roads Thursday.

PECO, which was working to restore power to more than 500,000 customers Wednesday afternoon, warned that it could take until the weekend for some people get their electricity back.

The storm piled up to a foot of new powder along the state’s northern tier and coated the southeastern quadrant with a layer of ice that gave trees a picturesque, frosty sheen but brought down limbs and trees from Gettysburg to Philadelphia.

Long stretches of the Pennsylvania Turnpike were under speed and trailer restrictions all morning, but those rules were lifted as the weather warmed and some melting began.

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Lights out for 1M as winter storm slams Northeast

Posted: Feb 04, 2014 11:30 PM CST Updated: Feb 05, 2014 3:52 PM CST

By The Associated Press

Winter-weary residents of the Northeast contended with another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain Wednesday. The second winter storm of the week canceled classes, closed government and business offices, and caused more than 1 million power outages across the region after wreaking similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. Around a foot of snow fell in some states. Combined with freezing rain and sleet, the snow made driving treacherous. The storm was the second go-round for the Northeast since a good coating of snow fell Monday.

PENNSYLVANIA

Ice and snow brought down trees and limbs and knocked out power to some 750,000 customers. Most of the outages were in the Philadelphia suburbs, and PECO, the major utility company, warned it could be the weekend before some people get their lights back on. The Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed around Harrisburg, the state capital, for more than 13 hours after a fatal crash Tuesday night. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Administration reported delays and some cancellations on suburban Philadelphia routes, while Amtrak suspended its Philadelphia-to-Harrisburg service indefinitely because of downed trees on wires and along tracks. Many schools were closed.

NEW YORK

Up to a foot of snow fell in places upstate; hundreds of schools upstate were closed. Four inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice covered New York City. The state deployed 3,500 tons of stockpiled road salt to New York City, where supplies were running low, while plows and other heavy equipment aimed to keep roads clear. A 65-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders was closed to all vehicles until mid-afternoon. The Metropolitan Transit Authority said Metro-North Railroad service was reduced by 18 percent on morning trains.

NEW JERSEY

Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and state offices were closed for non-essential employees, as the state got snow in northern parts, sleet and freezing rain in some areas, and all rain in southern counties. Tens of thousands of customers were without power, and schools were closed or delayed. NJ Transit operated on a storm schedule. Buses and trains were cross-honoring tickets.

MICHIGAN

The state received more than 6 inches of snow in some areas, snarling traffic and keeping towing operators busy. AAA Michigan got at least 1,100 calls for service Wednesday morning. Authorities reported several multi-vehicle crashes after snow fell along Interstate 94 in the Jackson area; traffic accidents closed parts of Interstate 69 around Flint. The storm also snarled traffic in southern Michigan, including Detroit. Two planes became stuck on taxiways at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, requiring trucks to push or pull the regional Delta jets to free them.

OHIO

Most of Ohio was hit with heavy snow and freezing rain, closing hundreds schools and creating extremely hazardous driving conditions. Four to 8 inches of snow fell overnight Tuesday. Many counties declared snow emergencies. “I wish that groundhog would have stayed in its hole,” said Geoff Dunn, who took the bus to his downtown Columbus office. “Finding us six more weeks of winter was not the smart move.” The National Weather Service said most Ohio cities already have seen anywhere from 15 to 30 inches more snow than is normal at this stage of winter because of the frequent winter storms.

ILLINOIS

A Chicago runner was credited with helping save a man who fell into icy Lake Michigan with his dog. Adam Dominik says he found twine and anchored it around himself while throwing the other end in the water, pulling the man onto nearby rocks. Meanwhile, a skier called 911. Rescuers pulled the man the rest of the way to safety. He was taken to a hospital. Both he and his dog were expected to recover.

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Extreme Weather USA State of Nevada, Las Vegas Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in USA on Friday, 22 November, 2013 at 08:02 (08:02 AM) UTC.

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NV Energy believes weather may have caused three separate power outages in different parts of Las Vegas Thursday. An outage knocked out power for about 885 customers in northwest Las Vegas late Thursday morning. The utility confirmed the outage in the area of Washington Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive. Power, though, was restored by mid-afternoon. NV Energy then reported an outage affecting 79 customers in the area of Third Street and Colorado Avenue just before 2 p.m. Power was restored to the downtown area later in the afternoon. Early on Thursday evening, about 1,000 customers lost power in the area of Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway. Power was restored before 9 p.m.

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Published on Oct 29, 2013

American Blackout, a National Geographic program first aired in October 2013, giving a fictional “docudrama” account of a nationwide electrical blackout in the United States, and its severe aftermath. Most of the program is mock “vlogging” by those affected, interspersed with mock “news footage.”

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Yes, It was definitely softened up for viewer consumption.

I lived in Florida  through Hurricane Andrew,  Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Katrina.  The  devastation that took  place   was horrific. It  was like driving through one of those futuristic sci fi movies that  takes place  after a major apocalyptic event.  Everyone in Florida with any  kind of  sense begins to prepare for Hurricane season.  However, their  preps  are  just barely basic because they are  always confident that  everything ill be  alright and the  infrastructure will be repaired  relatively quickly.  After Hurricane Andrew we  were  without  electricity for 2 weeks. Considering the major destruction took  place in  East  Everglades which  does not have  a large population.  But the  grid was compromised by  tornadoes that  were  spawned and the massive  winds.  Hurricane Wilma  hit  the  southernmost  tip of Florida went out into the gulf and did an about face just as it  was arriving in Mexico.  Heading straight for the middle of Florida  which barely  ever sees hurricanes and people there  were not prepared.  The  damage was unreal as there  are many who live in mobile homes on  land they  have purchased.  The  grid  in  Central Florida  was  down for 3 to 4 weeks and   South Florida was  in the dark for 1 to 2 weeks.

When Hurricane Katrina hit us it was full on in South Florida.  We were without  electricity for  4 weeks.  in less than a week you  could not find charcoal to cook outdoors.  While one may  be prepared with  food  that  one can  cook or that  needs to be warmed up in someway. Without fuel to make a fire one is out of luck.  And Gas runs out  eventually.   Even if one  had  a  large  supply  of  freeze dried foods that  only  require water  not necessarily  hot  if  you  have time to wait for the re-hydration process using cool water.   If  you  cannot find bottled or  potable water. Or do not have the  money  to  be  able to purchase it  , IF there  are  still any  bottles available on the  shelves.  How would you  make water  drinkable without a fire ?

Unless you have  an  expensive   filtration system,  or you understand the  use of a Fresnel set up or  have a reliable solar oven.  There   really  is  no way  to purify  water without chemicals.

We were lucky  enough  to  have a  yard with  fruit  trees that  provided  wood for  our  fire.  So the kids  had  their job and I  had mine.  They  collected all the  wood they  could find and place it in a large 55 gallon container I  had in the  shed out  back and I built the  fires, cooked the  food  and boiled  the water.  Had I  not had a yard with  fruit trees  that  provided  us  with  wood I  would have  had to find an alternative to survive.

I even had a  deep freezer that I  converted into a giant cooler by going out as soon as  possible  and get  as many  bags of ice  as I  could buy.  The  great  insulation of that  freezer turned the  cool from the ice into a good size  fridge.  Our food  did not spoil.  So  my  only concern was fuel for our fire.  I  had prepared for everything else.  we  even  had a small generator  I  had purchased

Now  I  share this with  you , because  it was a fairly isolated  incident.  Florida was affected but it’s  neighboring states were  not , so helped arrived for those who had not prepared  within  days.  Murders, looting and overall crime were  bad only  in  areas with high population density and of course  criminal element.  But  we knew that  it  was only Florida  that  was affected  and help would come.  It was not a situation of total devastation  like  the one used in this film.

I  guess what  I  am trying to relay to all of you is  that in my  experience the reality  will be a much longer  period  of time without infrastructure. A lot  more people unprepared for such a long period of time without food  or water.  In certain cases  depending on the  scenario  it  could take years for the grid  to be  back up and  running.

In Major cities , well,  just look at  what  happens in a blackout that   only  lasts 24 hours in  NY.  I  have lived there as well.  The  city  descends  into chaos unless you live  in a  neighborhood where  everyone is  close and watches out for each other ,you are  at the mercy  of the  gangs and those who did not prepare  who want  what  you  have.

~Desert Rose~

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As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow

 

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New York City during a blackout in 2003. More than 150 companies and groups will take part in a drill that will simulate attacks on the power grid.

 

 

 

WASHINGTON — The electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow, they fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11.

 

This is why thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, F.B.I. antiterrorism experts and officials from government agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico are preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical attacks and cyberattacks that could take down large sections of the power grid.

They will practice for a crisis unlike anything the real grid has ever seen, and more than 150 companies and organizations have signed up to participate.

“This is different from a hurricane that hits X, Y and Z counties in the Southeast and they have a loss of power for three or four days,” said the official in charge of the drill, Brian M. Harrell of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, known as NERC. “We really want to go beyond that.”

One goal of the drill, called GridEx II, is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain for everyday necessities.

“If we fail at electricity, we’re going to fail miserably,” Curt Hébert, a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a recent conference held by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Mr. Harrell said that previous exercises were based on the expectation that electricity “would be up and running relatively quick” after an attack.

Now, he said, the goal is to “educate the federal government on what their expectations should or shouldn’t be.” The industry held a smaller exercise two years ago in which 75 utilities, companies and agencies participated, but this one will be vastly expanded and will be carried out in a more anxious mood.

Most of the participants will join the exercise from their workplaces, with NERC, in Washington, announcing successive failures. One example, organizers say, is a substation break-in that officials initially think is an attempt to steal copper. But instead, the intruder uses a USB drive to upload a virus into a computer network.

The drill is part of a give-and-take in the past few years between the government and utilities that has exposed the difficulties of securing the electric system.

The grid is essential for almost everything, but it is mostly controlled by investor-owned companies or municipal or regional agencies. Ninety-nine percent of military facilities rely on commercial power, according to the White House.

The utilities play down their abilities, in comparison with the government’s. “They have the intelligence operation, the standing army, the three-letter agencies,” said Scott Aaronson, senior director of national security policy at the Edison Electric Institute, the trade association of investor-owned utilities. “We have the grid operations expertise.”

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Published on Oct 23, 2013

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Deadly car bomb hits Damascus checkpoint after widespread blackout in Syria

Deadly car bomb hits Damascus checkpoint after widespread blackout in Syria

A car bomb hit a checkpoint in a western suburb of Damascus on Wednesday, causing multiple casualties among the troops manning it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bombing in the Dumar suburb came as much of Syria was plunged into darkness after a rebel attack on a gas pipeline near the capital knocked out power.

“Our activist in the area saw bodies on the ground,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Explosion near airport in Damascus is followed by southern Syria blackout

An attack by rebels near Damascus has caused a power outage across Syria, state news agency SANA quoted the electricity minister as saying.

“A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress,” Emad Khamis said.

“The whole city just went dark,” said a resident who lives in the centre of the city and asked to remain anonymous. She said that she could see the “major glow of a fire” near the airport and the sound of heavy machinegun fire.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that reports on abuses and battlefield developments using sources from both sides of Syria’s civil war, said the explosion was caused by rebel artillery that hit a gas pipeline near the airport. It was not immediately clear why power was cut to the city.

The Observatory said the rebel shelling was aimed at the town of Ghasula, a few miles (km) from the airport.

Rebels have been trying to push into the capital, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for four decades.

More than 100,000 people have been killed during a pro-democracy uprising which started in March 2011.

Voice of Russia, AFP, Reuters

 

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Rebels blast gas pipeline near Damascus causing southern Syria blackout

 

Published time: October 23, 2013 19:24
Edited time: October 23, 2013 22:37

A gas pipeline was attacked near Damascus causing the capital and the southern part of Syria to suffer a blackout. The electricity minister blamed the blast on rebels.

“A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress,” electricity minister Emad Khamis told SANA news agency.

As the pipeline is located near Damascus International Airport, which is some 20 km away from the capital, a power outage also hit Damascus.

RT’s Arabic correspondent in Syria Abutalib Albouhaya has confirmed the power was out in the capital after the gas supply to Tashrin power plant was cut. Albouhaya also said there were several victims near a church in Dummar suburb of Damascus with gunfights going on in Qaboun and Mleha suburbs as well.

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Fire crews respond to power lines down on Franklin Road near 14 Mile. (credit: Sean Lee/WWJ).

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20.07.2013 Extreme Weather USA State of Michigan, [Detroit region] Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in USA on Saturday, 20 July, 2013 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC.

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Heavy storms packing winds of up to 60 m.p.h. and penny-size hail rolled into southeast Michigan late Friday, knocking out power to 105,000 DTE Energy customers and snapping trees in half. And more severe weather was expected into the night as a cold front moved in from northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Reports of downed trees, hail and high winds poured into the National Weather Service’s offices in White Lake Township. According to early reports, downed trees were scattered along Rochester Road in Troy, winds of 60 to 70 m.p.h snapped trees in Pontiac, hail 3 of an inch thick fell on Brownstown Township, and a large tree blocked an intersection in Clarkston. Other reports said a tree a foot in diameter had snapped in Troy, another tree 15 inches in diameter was down in Milford, while winds of 50 m.p.h. raked Brighton and pea-size hail rained on Clinton Township. DTE spokeswoman Randi Berris said the company was expecting more outages as more storms packing high winds were to move into the area later tonight.

The first wave of storms hit DTE’s Oakland County customers the hardest, where 45,000 customers were without power. Other outages were scattered across Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. Phil Kurimski, a Weather Service meteorologist in White Lake, said forecasters were keeping an eye on the cold front as it made its way south from the Saginaw Valley and the possibility that it could bring a new round of storms with it. A plume of moisture that settled over southeast Michigan sparked the damaging late-afternoon and early-evening thunderstorms, Kurimski said. “It’s a busy night, watching these storms producing a lot of wind damage,” he said. “Some trees snapped, some large ones were down, some trees were uprooted.” The cold front brings relief from the steamy weather of the past week. The forecast for Saturday’s high is 84, while the forecast for Sunday’s high is 77.

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25.06.2013 Power Outage USA State of Nebraska, Omaha Damage level Details

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Power Outage in USA on Monday, 24 June, 2013 at 18:02 (06:02 PM) UTC.

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A severe thunderstorm hit the Omaha metro area around 10 am packing 70 mph winds and heavy rain. Those strong winds downed trees, power lines and caused outages throughout Douglas and Sarpy Counties. There are reports of trees down all over the city blocking streets and bringing down power lines. Omaha Fire Department units are busy responding to calls of smoldering tree limbs on power lines. Omaha Public Power District perhaps has the biggest job ahead of them. Nearly 50,000 customers are without service. Loss of service also means traffic lights are not working and that is causing backups throughout the entire metro area. The storm also impacted Council Bluffs and most intersections there are also four-way stops. There were reports of trees down at several locations in that city as well. MidAmerican Energy is reporting is reporting that about 5,000 customers are without service.

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‘Intense’ morning storm causes power outages, tree damage around Omaha

 

 

 

A summer storm that blasted through the Omaha metropolitan area Monday morning downing trees and power lines came about when several thunderstorms joined forces about 4 a.m. in eastern Nebraska.

Frank Strait, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald’s private weather consultant, said forecasters had been predicting chances of thunderstorms, but they “were caught off guard” by the strength of the severe weather.

“We knew there was a good chance of thunderstorms popping up, but what we got was a cluster of thunderstorms organizing into a squall line with high winds in the eastern part of the state,” Strait said. “That made everything more intense.”

More photos: Storm damages trees around Omaha

Scott Dergan, of the National Weather Service in Valley, said the storm began with winds of 40 mph on the western edge of Douglas County about 10 a.m. By the time the storm reached Eppley Airfield on the eastern boundary of the county 45 minutes later, winds there were clocked at 69 mph.

The storm continued through Iowa, with Harlan reporting winds of 75 mph, Dergan said. The line of thunderstorms was expected to hit Chicago late Monday or early Tuesday.

“A lot of times storms like this take time to brew before they get what we call water loaded, and then they accelerate,” Dergan said. “It was nothing specific about the metro area such as the urban heat island effect. It was just Mother Nature.”

 

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Earth Watch Report  -  Power  Outage

18.03.2013 Power Outage Solomon Islands Temotu Province, [Province-wide] Damage level
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Power Outage in Solomon Islands on Monday, 18 March, 2013 at 11:14 (11:14 AM) UTC.

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People are still living under temporary shelter without access to water or toilets in the capital of Solomon Islands’ Temotu province almost six weeks after the region was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. The premier, Father Charles Brown Beu, says more than 100 people who lost their homes are under tents or tarpaulins next to the Lata soccer field, many of them from other islands in the province. He says he needs to know what the plan is for those people. “Where would people go and so on. The sea is too far from here. One of my major concerns now is there are no toilets in those camps. And stronger ones still go down to the seaside which is about almost, almost 20, 30 minutes’ walk from the huts, temporary shelter, to the sea.” Father Charles Brown Beu says one option is for people to move back to their seaside land but they need reassurance from a geological expert that they will be safe.

SIEA explains power outages

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:31

SOLOMON Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA) yesterday explained the power outages experienced on Sunday and yesterday.
In a statement SIEA said it regrets the load shedding that has occurred over the last two days.

“This was a result of unexpected power outages caused by one of the generators.

“This came as a result of a problem with the Automatic Voltage Unit (AVU) that controls the supply of power coming from the generators onto the grid.”

SIEA said the AVU on one of the main generators, Watsila Gen set L7 has been experiencing outages over the last two days and as a result it had to be shut down a number of times.

Yesterday workers chose to shut down the L7 to allow electricians to work on a temporary fix to the issue.

“Replacement parts for the AVU are now on order.

“The issue with the AVU was that it normally controls to regulate load, but it was not responding and supply was inconsistent.

“Therefore a decision  to avoid any further complications was put in place, which was to shut down the system entirely for the period of time needed to fix this.

“Workers are now waiting to see whether they have successfully remedied the problem for the short term,” the statement said.

Power was believed to have returned yesterday afternoon barring further unexpected complications.

“Apologies are sincerely extended to the public and the industries affected by the power outages,” the company said.

Earth Watch Report  -  Power Outage

Blustery winds gust through S.A., knock out power for thousands

Today Power Outage USA State of Texas, [San Antonio and the Hill Country] Damage level
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Power Outage in USA on Monday, 11 March, 2013 at 05:43 (05:43 AM) UTC.

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An early morning squall with hail and high winds swept across parts of San Antonio and the Hill Country, knocking out power Sunday for about 6,500 CPS Energy customers. Many of the outages occurred in the northern portions of the utility’s service area and lasted from about 1 a.m. to noon Sunday, when crews restored power, said CPS spokesman John Moreno. The National Weather Service received reports of quarter-sized hail at the San Antonio International Airport, where about three quarters of an inch of rain fell. Golf-ball sized hail was reported in Kerr County, said Pat McDonald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Blustery winds gust through S.A., knock out power for thousandsCredit: KENS 5 viewer Javier Cortinas

A worker wrangles a portion of roof that blew off Stephen F. Austin Elementary School near downtown San Antonio on Tuesday, March. 5, 2013.

by Kens5.com Staff

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 10:01 PM

 

Thousands of San Antonians woke up Tuesday morning without power as high winds sweep through South Texas.

CPS Energy’s online map showed about a dozen outages affecting thousands of customers in the downtown area and on the city’s south side early Tuesday.

A wind advisory and Red Flag warning had been issued for nearly all south Texas counties.

KENS 5 meteorologist Paul Mireles said the San Antonio International Airport recorded gusts up to 40 mph early Tuesday morning. The wind should calm down by the afternoon, he said.

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