High winds cause damage in Panhandle

High winds push power lines down leaving thousands without power.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A strong storm system extending from the Panhandle into North Texas has brought hail and punishing winds that's knocked out power to thousands.

Winds in excess of 70 mph damaged roofs, brought down utility lines and caused other problems Tuesday in the Amarillo area. At one point more than 6,500 customers were without power. Hail also fell on the region.

The same weather system pushed wind gusts in North Texas in excess of 50 mph overnight. Trees and power lines came down in some areas.

Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, says gusts Wednesday in the Panhandle could reach 80 mph and the possibility exists for isolated tornadoes.

She says those winds will extend northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in places like Wichita Falls.

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