Daybreak Today Thursday Morning Brief

Power restored to O’Donnell while others still without, Tech set to play Big 12 tourney in Kansas and Beto O’Rourke is running for president

Daybreak Today Thursday Morning Brief
Daybreak Today

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This morning on Daybreak Today, power companies continue to work on restoring power in some areas of the South Plains after a day of high wind speeds.

  • Wednesday the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport recorded peak wind gust at 67 mph, which is what caused utility poles to break and power to go out around the area.
  • Xcel Energy reported 103,000 of its customers in Texas and New Mexico were without power for some time.
  • As of Wednesday night Lubbock Power & Light continued to work towards restoring power to parts of Lubbock.
  • That story can be found here: Power lines down, traffic signal outages reported as high winds continue

Similar outages impacted the town of O’Donnell, which was without power since Tuesday night. The city was able to report via a Facebook post early Thursday morning power was fully restored to the area.

Related to that same storm that caused O’Donnell’s damage, the National Weather Service officially categorized a weather event in Anton as an EF 1 tornado.

  • The tornado was said to reach wind speeds of 110 mph and was embedded in a squall line, which is a series of thunderstorms that line up together.
  • The tornado’s pathway is estimated to be two miles by 200 yards wide.
  • Read more details here: Anton damage caused by EF1 tornado, 110 mph winds

The No. 7 Texas Tech men’s basketball team will play its first game in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City later today.

  • The Red Raiders will take on West Virginia for the third time this season.
  • Sports Reporter Devin Ward will bring more from Kansas later today.

In state news, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso has officially announced he will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

  • O’Rourke was about three percentage points from upsetting current Texas Senator Ted Cruz during this November’s midterm elections.
  • He now joins a long list of Democratic candidates seeking the nomination, which includes Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and many other.
  • Read more details from our Associated Press Coverage here: Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

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