AUSTIN (KXAN) - Heavy lightning caused two large outages, knocking out power to more than 4,200 customers in North Austin as storms moved into the area.
A large band of heavy rain and lightning tripped the circuits for Austin Energy just after 8 p.m. Tuesday in the area around Braker Lane between Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road.
Circuits are designed to automatically reset after a lightning strike but sometimes have to be manually reset, according to spokesman Ed Clark.
Austin Energy had power restored to all customers in the two large outages by 9 p.m. Crews were also assessing several small outages affecting a few customers.
Austin Energy advises all customers experiencing a prolonged outage to call 512-322-9100.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.