Thousands lose electricity in North Texas storms

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Associated Press

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

DALLAS (AP) - Storms in North Texas knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, about 8,000 customers remained without service. Most of those are in north and west Fort Worth.

The Tarrant County College Northwest Campus was closed until 5 p.m. due to a power outage. Three transformers at the campus were blown out during the storm.

Some of the worst damage from the storm could be seen in Denton County just west of Krum. Roofs were peeled back and several barns were demolished.

Early Monday morning, Dallas-based Oncor 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. Crews worked overnight to restore service.

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.
 

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