High winds spur grass fires, power outages for thousands

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Posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8:42 AM

San Antonio residents are reporting power outages as high winds whip through the city. According to CPS Energy, about 20,000 customers were without power as of 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Several schools are reporting power outages as well. Judson High School officials said the building lost power around noon, but students were still enjoying their lunch. District officials said they were operating on the school's backup power.

With gusts expected to reach nearly 45 miles per hour, the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning that will be in effect until 7 p.m for the whole of South Central Texas and the Hill Country.

CPS Energy also issued a warning reminding residents that any downed power lines or poles should not be touched or moved. 

Jourdanton County reports that the roof of its courthouse annex has flown off, as has has the roof of a pharmacy located off of Highway 97.

One viewer said Waterwood in Elemendorf looks like a desert dust storm. Another viewer in the 5300 block of Gavilan, on the southwest side off Old Pearsall Road, said high winds took the roof right off his mobile home.

Daniel Burney in Kerrville said the winds uprooting a huge tree he was married under.

Meanwhile, eastbound drivers were seeing major delays due to a grass fire along Hwy. 90 at Cupples, just before S. Zarzamora.

San Antonio police also closed several lanes on Interstate 35 at McCullough so that CPS could work on a bent power pole. Authorities say it will take at least three hours to get a crane to the expressway. 

SAPD also blocked off the ramp from Interstate 10 eastbound to Intesrstate 35 because of wind damage to an overhead sign. 

Click here to check the CPS Energy outage map to find out about trouble in your neighborhood.

Check back for more information on this developing story.

 

 

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