Storms brings high winds to Texas

August 25, 2011 2:10:14 AM PDT
Storms that moved across Texas brought winds up to 70 mph that downed trees and power lines, taking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

National Weather Service officials say the storms Wednesday brought very little rain though to the drought-stricken state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Dunn says that with the drought, trees that haven't been watered regularly are drying out and becoming weaker, making them more susceptible to high winds.

Oncor spokeswoman Megan Wright says that around 30,000 homes and businesses in North and East Texas lost power. They'll be working throughout the night to restore power.

CenterPoint Energy officials tell the Houston Chronicle that more than 72,000 customers lost power in the Houston area, with repair times varying from later Wednesday night to early Thursday morning.

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