Overnight storms leave 20,000 without power Wednesday morning

Posted at 6:45 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 19:53:44-04

According to Oncor, over 20,000 residents in the Waco and surrounding areas were without power Wednesday morning.

The outages were a result of the severe storms and heavy winds overnight.

At 7:45 p.m., 75 mph winds were reported at the Waco airport, but the most damage was reported in the China Springs area.

Trees fell on top of roofs, power lines and even blocked off some roads.

Waco resident Douglas Landon said he was without electricity for over 20 hours.

When Landon called Oncor, the automated voice system hung up on him because it didn't recognize his number.

"There were other people that had much more problems," Landon said. "I just didn't have power. I just didn't have a voice and I couldn't talk to them about it."

News Channel 25 called Oncor to see if they knew about the problem and to find out what they were doing about the outages.

Soon after a reporter spoke with a company official, Landon said the problem was fixed. He was able to speak with a representative.

He said the company was on-site Wednesday afternoon and had discovered his neighbor's tree had fallen on the power lines behind their houses. His power was back on by 2:45 p.m.

Oncor officials said they could not give estimated times on when power would be restored in specific areas, but they are working efficiently to get electricity flowing back into homes and businesses again.

As of 5 p.m.. 3,000 people were still without power in central Texas.

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