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High Winds Wind Wreaking Havoc Across Austin-Area
Flights have been canceled out of Austin airport and utility poles have been knocked down as wind gust up to 50 mph have blown through Central Texas.
Almost all of Central Texas is under a Red Flag Warning and Wind Advisory until 7 p.m.
Such sustained high winds could cause power outages, downed trees, and down power lines. South Central Texas should also watch out for blowing dust and be aware of the high fire danger.
American Airlines cancelled all operations at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Monday afternoon because of high winds.
The south MoPac frontage road just south of West Hwy 290 was closed because of a knocked down power pole (pictured). The road is expected to be closed for several hours.
A spokesperson for Austin Energy says multiple crews are out fixing wind related outages all across the city -- about 18,000 customers are affected. And the Austin Transportation Department is asking anyone that sees a malfunctioning traffic light to call 311 -- they've had a rash of outages because of the wind.
Austin traffic lights that are currently out -
Koenig at Shoal Creek
Koenig at Marilyn
Hwy 290 at Berkman
As of around noon, the Austin Fire Department says they've responded to 23 wires arcing and 17 wires down calls across Austin.
A large tree blocked the roadway near the 24th Street and San Gabriel Street intersection in the West Campus area of Austin. The National Weather Service says amateur radio operators in Williamson County are reporting roofs being blown off barns.
Winds are expected to decrease at around 6 p.m., but winds of 20-30 mph are expected through midnight.
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