High winds cause power outages around the Tx Panhandle, Eastern NM

High winds cause power outages around the Tx Panhandle, Eastern NM

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - High winds have caused several power outages across the Texas Panhandle.

According to Wes Reeves, spokesman with Xcel Energy, strong winds across portions of Texas and New Mexico impacted 121,000 customers in one way or another. Of that number, 103,000 experienced sustained outages. As of 10:00 p.m., 53,500 customers are without power.

Xcel has reports of poles and wires down across the region, and there are restoration efforts underway at close to 850 locations.

Xcel has called in an additional 100 to 125 workers who will join the restoration effort in the morning. They are still assessing the damage and anticipate a full restoration that could take several days.

The North Plains Electric Co-op reports a major power outage in the Spearman and Gruver areas due to wind damage.

Xcel Energy also reported that a substation has gone down, which services 70-80 percent of Borger. They are working to assess the damage.

Northbound Soncy between 45th and 34th is closed due to a downed power line, according to the City of Amarillo. The road has now been reopened, but traffic lights are not working. These intersections should be considered four-way stops.

Northbound South Loop 335 at Soncy is reduced to one lane while Xcel Energy works to restore power. TxDOT Amarillo says this closure could be in place for the next two to three days.

Power lines are down on I-27 in both directions at Bell Street. I-27 was now closed in both directions at this location. The highway has now reopened in both directions.

A highline pole is down on FM 295 about one mile north of I-40 in Gruver.

FM 1321 in Pampa is reopened after downed power lines blocked the road.

As of 9:40 p.m., FM 1061 has reopened from SL 335 to Westcliff after a Suddenlink cable fell across the road.

FM 280 in Hutchinson County is closed due to downed power lines.

Xcel urges customers to watch for downed lines and stay away from them. Assume any line on the ground is still energized.

Customers can report outages or downed lines by calling 1-800-895-1999.

Some of the damage has been done by broken branches. When you are cleaning those up, the City of Amarillo will have brush collection sites open to take those branches. The sites will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Road closures can also be found on TxDOT’s website.

Today is a First Alert weather day due to the high winds.

A High Wind Warning is in effect until 10:00 p.m. for winds sustained at 40 to 50 miles per hour with some wind gusts to 75 miles per hour possible.

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