Austin Energy restores service for thousands of customers after strong Wednesday morning storms

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Strong storms hit the Austin area around 5 a.m. Wednesday, soaking the KXAN viewing area and knocking out power to at least 6,500 Austin Energy customers. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

Strong storms hit the Austin area around 5 a.m. Wednesday, soaking the KXAN viewing area and knocking out power to at least 6,500 Austin Energy customers. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thunderstorms packing heavy rain, lightning and strong winds knocked out power to around 6,500 Austin Energy customers early Wednesday morning. Most of those customers have since had their power restored as of Wednesday evening.

A band of thunderstorms hit around 5 a.m., prompting a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all Central Texas counties in the KXAN viewing area. The storms are moving quickly through the area and should be out by 7 a.m., presumably allowing crews to get out and fix issues safely.

The largest outage affected customers in northwest Austin, according to Austin Energy’s outage map.

Many of the outages, Austin Energy said, were due to tree limbs on power lines.

Bluebonnet Electric said via Twitter its crews have restored power to around 1,300 customers near Manor.

For the latest coverage on Wednesday’s storms, be sure to follow the First Warning Weather team’s live blog.

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