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Storms Damage South Austin

Updated: Thursday, September 5 2013, 07:32 AM CDT
New overnight, Austin Energy and city crews work feverishly while you were sleeping to clean up debris and get the power back on after a storm tore through the city. The storm knocked out power to  more than 6,000 Austin Energy customers

This morning, the aftermath ofthe storm: a tree uprooted, nearly hitting a house, others blocking busy streets like Slaughter and William Cannon. This was the scene as city crews worked through the night to clear debris blanketing the area and turn power back on for thousands of people who lost it during the storm. South Austin got hit especially hard, with several downed trees, downed power lines, and Austin Energy crews repairing lines in the hard hit West Gate area, nearby streets pitch black.

According to experts, the prolonged drought we've been experiencing may have made these trees more susceptible to storms. Chief Stormtracker Meteorologist Chikage Windler adding because the soil is so dry and trees are stressed, they're not as well rooted as they normally would be. That's why winds of 45 mph could down trees, when it usually takes winds closer to 60 mph
 
As of 7 a.m., Austin Energy reports eight customers still without power.Storms Damage South Austin


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