From Lubbock Power & Light:
The severe thunderstorms that passed through Lubbock last night delivered over 1200 lightning strikes with winds over 45 miles per hour to the LP&L electric distribution system.
The severe weather event also effected numerous telephone operations, including LP&L's emergency operations call center from approximately 10:30 pm last night until approximately 4:00 am this morning. LP&L's electric distribution system is equipped with a lightning arrest protection system to lessen the effects of lightning strikes.
Chris Sims, LP&L's Public Information Officer said "the lightning arrest system is actually a protection system that will isolate the effects of a lightning strike to prevent damage to the entire LP&L electric grid." Sims went on to say, "our lightning arrest system worked as planned and at this time we are restoring several downed lines and replacing system protection fuses in multiple locations throughout Lubbock.
As of 11:45 am, LP&L was working to restore electric service to 310 meters out of the over 97,000 electric meters in service in Lubbock. Over 40 LP&L employees have been dedicated to restoring electric service to estimated 16,000 electric customers who had electric service interruptions since the severe storms passed through Lubbock.