AUSTIN (KXAN) - High winds on Monday played havoc with airline schedules, knocked out power to tens of thousands of electric customers and fouled traffic signals.
Dozens of people reported downed trees, damaged roofs, power failures in stores and even bricks being torn from the wall of a North Austin building. At least three big rigs on the State Highway 130 toll roads were blown over by the gusts, some of which reached more than 50 mph. No injuries were reported.
The winds also helped fuel a mulch fire in Southeast Austin.
High winds cancel flights out of ABIA
The winds that whipped the flames forced the airport to cancel at least 14 flights on Monday and two more were likely to be canceled on Tuesday. The high wind advisory in effect for Central Texas through much of the day was extended until 4 a.m.
Airport spokesman Jason Zeilinski said Monday's cancellations were all American Airlines flights, five of them departures to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Two other departures were called off as were seven incoming flights, Zeilinski said.
Both flights canceled flights on Tuesday were to D/FW where winds were also causing major problems.
More damage reported due to high winds in the region
A hangar was reported destroyed at the Georgetown Municipal Airport and the roof was blown off the Creedmore Country Store in Travis County.
In North Austin, meanwhile, strong winds ripped a brick veneer from the side of a building near Burnet Road on Monday, but no one was hurt when the wall came tumbling down.
Crews on the scene said the brick facade came down in two sections from the building at 9415 Burnet Road. No structural damage was apparent, but businesses in the the building were closed while code compliance officials inspected the damage.
Several people from across the region submitted reports of roof damage, including a Walmart off Ranch Road 620 and on homes in the Leander area.
The counties in the wind advisory include: Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Hays, Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, De Witt, Dimmit, Edwards, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Lavaca, Lee, Llano, Maverick, Medina, Real, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, Zavala
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