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Storm Socks Region With Flooding, Power Outages, Lightning Strikes

 
Posted May 13th, 2014 @ 4:33am

    A flash flood watch remains in effect until noon as some parts of the region received two inches of rain overnight, and more rain is possible as we move through the morning, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  Although the rain is expected to stop by noon, gusty winds will be the rule all day long, and today's temperatures will remain cool, with highs only in the middle 60s.

 

  Standing water was covering many streets and highways this morning, including I-10 near UTSA Boulevard, causing stall-outs and traffic delays.  Officials report about 20 high water rescues overnight, but no injuries.

  Lightning may have sparked a house fire on the north east side.  It erupted around 12:30 in the 13700 block of Fairway Hedge. It started in the attic and spread into the chimney, but nobody was hurt.

 

  About a dozen streets and low water crossings were closed this morning, including Old Grissom at Grissom, Austin Highway at Corrine, and Gen. Hudnell at Cupples.  Barricades are erected, and police officers are staking out many barricade sites, ready to slap every adult in the car with a ticket if motorists move the barricades or attempt to drive around them.

 

  CPS Energy says at one point, more than 22,000 customers were without power, and restoring power may be slow going.  There are small scattered outages all over the city and crews are working to bring substations back on line.

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