Wind damages utility lines, causes power outages

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Early Wednesday afternoon, Lubbock Police said on Twitter that 2,800 customers were without power.  Shortly after that, the Lubbock Power & Light outage map said 3,462 homes or businesses were without power, and a steady stream of calls were coming across the police scanners for power lines down. 

LP&L distributed an image of a damaged power line to demonstrate just a sample of what was happening. The specific number of people without power fluctuated. 

Just before 1:00 p.m., the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport reported a wind gust of 63 miles per hour.

The forecast for Wednesday included wind gusts of 70 miles per hour for Lubbock and the surrounding areas.  

Storms the night before had already caused damage around the area including Anton.

At about 1:00 p.m., Xcel’s outage map showed 64 homes or businesses without power near Post, and 70 customers near Denver City.  Xcel reported a number of other smaller outages around the South Plains. 

Then at about 1:45 p.m. Xcel issued the following update: 

Strong winds across portions of Texas and New Mexico served by Xcel Energy have interrupted service to almost 24,000 area electricity customers. Close to 18,000 of those customers are in Texas with about 6,000 out in New Mexico. We are working more than 500 outage events in the Texas Panhandle, Texas South Plains and eastern New Mexico regions. We are calling in contract crews to help us work these outages. 

South Plains Electric Cooperative early Wednesday afternoon reported 147 homes or businesses without power.  

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Related Story: Damage reports come in from Tuesday night’s storm 

In Logan, New Mexico, state police reported a train derailment that was wind related. Police said wind was a contributing factor. 

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