Thousands of people without power overnight after severe storms rock central Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) – More than 15,000 homes in central Texas were without power overnight after severe storms hit the area on Friday night.

Austin Energy said its crews had worked through the night to restore power to more than 20,000 homes in the city, but more than 11,500 properties across the city were still without power as of 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Bastrop County, which was placed under a tornado warning on Friday and suffered some of the worst damage, is also hit by blackouts – 1,200 homes have no electricity, according to Bluebonnet Electric, which faces 2,500 outages total in central Texas.

Another 1,700 Oncor Energy customers in Williamson and Travis counties are without power.

Austin Energy said people should avoid power lines that went down on Saturday and call the company at 512 322-9100 if they detect any.

Bluebonnet said new crews started working on the outages at 6:30 am Saturday and will work “quickly” and “safely” to restore power, he said.

KXAN meteorologists David Yeomans and Nick Bannin highlighted the rotation along FM 155 in Fayette County on Friday as they tracked a possible tornado in the area.

Many KXAN viewers reported that trees and branches had fallen due to the high winds.

In Bastrop County, the roof was ripped off from the Red Rock general store, but no one was injured.

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