Did a hurricane hit Amarillo?
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:34:21 GMT —
It was a storm that definitely packed a punch.
With hurricane-force-like winds, a fierce storm pummeled the Panhandle Monday evening, including the City of Amarillo. The storm included wind gusts of up to 78 miles per hour (Horace Mann Middle School) in the Amarillo-metro area.
Paralyzing the city, more than one inch of rain fell across most of the city, according to Storm Search 7 School Net. More than two inches of rain fell at Duke Energy in South Amarillo.
Scanner traffic throughout the evening indicated several high-water rescues.
Amarillo Police discouraged residents from traveling because of flooding, stranded vehicles and trees and branches in the roadway.
The intersections near I-40 and Paramount, I-40 and Western, I-40 and Bell, Coulter and Wolflin and I-40 and Avondale all experienced flooding. Water was also reported on the roadways near Medi-Park.
As of Monday evening, no serious injuries were reported. Trees and debris were being tossed around because of the storm, eyewitnesses reported.
Blasting through Amarillo, the storm also caused a disruption in electricity for more than 13,000 Amarillo-metro residents. Xcel Energy said about 6,600 residents remain without power as of 11:30 a.m., Tuesday.
Xcel said power should be restored by Tuesday afternoon.
The power company said some residents will have to have their property repaired and inspected by the City of Amarillo prior to the electricity being restored.