AUSTIN (KXAN) - Strong winds overnight and into the morning left behind damage and knocked out power to thousands in the Austin area.
Crews were working in several Austin neighborhoods early Thursday morning, repairing dozens of power lines damaged by trees and limbs. About 4,000 Austin Energy customers lost power by 4:00 a.m. Austin Energy says power was restored to all customers by noon.
Just across the street from Richard Costilla's home, near Braker Lane and Dessau Road, wind snapped a utility pole, bringing down the power lines with it.
"We were just asleep and all of sudden there's a snap. Next thing you know the lights went off," Costilla said.
Austin energy says crews made repairs in as many as 70 locations, mostly fixing fuses knocked out by tree limbs in the wind.
The wind helped spread a brush fire in northeast Austin. An orange glow and smoke came from behind a guardrail along Highway 183 between Loyola Dr. and Manor Rd. Austin firefighters battled the flames in the gusty winds.
The strong morning winds left their mark along Highway 360, too. No serious damage--but a mess. High school freshman Kennedy Patch and her friends came out to decorate the trees along 360 to celebrate the beginning of their Christmas break. They got to re-decorate several other trees as well, picking up ornaments the wind blew off.
"There's a lot of trash, and we found the ornaments everywhere, not on the trees," Patch said
From the tinsel of a tree, to utility poles, to a brush fire--Thursday morning's wind marked its path.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
Two men were arrested and a third was being sought by police for the shooting death of 47-year-old Russell Martens.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
One person was killed Thursday in a rollover crash near Cedar Creek, the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office said.