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4/15/03

Intense Winds Tear Across South Plains

Excel Energy reports at least 6,000 customers were without power at one point, most of those customers northeast and west of Lubbock. 15 Lubbock Power and Light crews fanned out across the city to repair snapped power lines and poles. But the damage extended beyond downed power lines, one Lubbock business even lost its roof.

By late Tuesday afternoon, evidence of the furious wind storm could be found in just about every corner of Lubbock. In central Lubbock, the roof of a strip mall was torn to shreds and shards of metal were flung into the power lines behind the building.

All across town, many people will be fixing fence this coming weekend. You could find a fence down on just about every city block. Even a brick fence was no match for the powerful gusts.

"I came home from work and found my husband's car covered by the brick fence," says Julie Blackard.

The winds can be intensely irritating, but one man, who's car was dented by a falling cow statue at Bryan's Steakhouse, kept his sense of humor about the whole thing.

"The cow was mad at me for parking there I guess," says the man.

And perhaps the ugliest of all the losses, a beautiful tree uprooted, that will no longer sway on the days when the breeze is more gentle in West Texas.

"I was sitting in the living room, and all of the sudden the tree fell. You hate to lose a tree that old," says Denny Kincer.

The Lubbock Police Department reports no injuries and no deaths as a result of Tuesday afternoon's intense wind storm.

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