Power lines down, traffic signal outages reported as high winds continue

Damage caused by high winds on Wednesday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - High winds continue into Wednesday evening, with gusts expected up to 70 mph on the South Plains, with sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph.

As of around noon the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport clocked in a peak gust of 60 mph. That could get higher throughout the day.

At around 12:35 p.m. the Lubbock Police Department reported traffic signals were out at 34th Street and Interstate 27, 50th Street and Interstate 27, and 50th and Avenue Q. The department advised if anyone runs across a downed traffic signal they are to treat it as a four-way stop.

After 12:45 p.m. Lubbock Power & Light reported approximately 2,800 of its customers did not have power because of damage to two substations. Crews were on the scene trying to work on the damage.

RAW VIDEO: Wind damage in Downtown Lubbock

LP&L crews responded to a wide variety of outages and damage reports on Wednesday, including 10 arcing lines, 12 leaning poles, 20 broken poles, 17 reports of debris in the lines, 15 trees fallen into wires, and 27 wires down.

For a map of outages with Lubbock Power & Light click here.

The city of Lubbock says the high wind warning will continue through 10 p.m.:

“A high wind warning remains in effect for Lubbock County until 10 p.m. Sustained winds up to 40 mph and gusts up to 70 mph are expected to peak around 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. City crews are already responding to multiple power outages including traffic signals, downed power lines and uprooted trees. Drivers are urged to use caution on the roadways and be alert for possible debris and officers directing traffic.”

Xcel Energy released this statement on Wednesday evening:

“In total, we had 121,000 customers across our Texas and New Mexico system impacted in one way or another by today’s extremely high winds. Of that number, 103,000 experienced sustained outages. At the present time, we have 53,500 customers without power. We have called on an additional 25 crews, which is anywhere from 100 to 125 additional workers, who will join the restoration effort in the morning. This has been one of the worst wind storms to impact our system in years. We are still assessing damage, and anticipate a full restoration could take several days. We understand how trying this is for our customers, and we appreciate their continued understanding as our employees work to restore service. Our crews worked in terrible conditions today to restore almost 50,000 customers, and we are grateful for their service and for their families who are supporting their efforts.”

KCBD NewsChannel 11 will update this list below as wind gust readings continue to come in.

Peak gusts as of 12 p.m.: (Information from the Lubbock airport)

  • Lubbock - 60 mph

Peak gusts as of 11:35 a.m.: (Information from the National Weather Service Lubbock)

  • Fluvanna - 66 mph
  • Plains - 64 mph
  • Olton - 61 mph
  • Slaton - 59 mph

Overnight: (Information from the West Texas Mesonet)

  • Lamesa - 78 mph
  • O’Donnell - 72 mph
  • Pine Springs - 72 mph
  • Stamford - 65 mph
  • Crane - 62 mph

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