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Storms cut swath of damage across South Texas


Storms cut swath of damage across South Texas
NANNETTE KILBY-SMITH/Reprints at mywcn.com/photos Storms early May 18 across South Central Texas have left widespread damage, including metal roof pieces from a nearby business and downed branches in the parking lot of the Falls City National Bank at U.S. 181 and F.M. 775 north of Floresville


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May 18, 2016, 8:59am
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UPDATED 10:15 AM, MAY 18.

Downed power lines, roofs ripped off, trees pulled up by their roots. Area residents surveying the damage this morning after storms in the early morning hours May 18 are speculating about possible tornadoes.

But as of 9:40 a.m. today, the National Weather Service says the widespread wind damage being reported across the area is due to a microburst -- straight line thunderstorm wind.

Reports of rain, high winds, and hail have been reported north of Floresville, and high winds within the city limits uprooted trees and caused property damage.

The Floresville Light and Power System (FELPS) has crews out in working to repair downed power poles and lines across the system, especially north of Floresville in the Eagle Creek area, where approximately 2,000 customers are without power, according to General Manager Dwain Duke.

He said a double circuit at the Eagle Creek substation is out. Crews started working just after 2 a.m., Duke said. Efforts are under way to restore power to that area by this afternoon. Meanwhile, the traffic signals at U.S. 181 and F.M. 775 remain out. Drivers are urged to use caution; traffic is slow through the intersection as a result of power outage.

Damage is widespread across the FELPS system, Duke said, with other poles and lines down between Stockdale and Floresville, among other places.

The EZ Stop convenience store was severely damage, with metal peeled off the roof and flung across into the parking lot of the Falls City National Bank across the road. Both businesses are closed while the power remains out and damage is assessed.

Residents in Shannon Ridge and on C.R. 331 north of Floresville have reported tornado-like damage.

Despite damage nearby, Floresville North Elementary School was not affected. All Floresville Independent School Districts have power and school is in session.
 

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Fred Ohnesorge  
Floresville, TX  
May 18 at 6:13pm
 
A big thank you to Mr Duke and his hardworking FELPS crews and ladies in the office for all their efforts last night and today.Northern Wilson County is in service !! THANK YOU ALL !!!

 
Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
Floresville  
May 18 at 4:19pm
 
FELPS General Manager Dwain Duke advises that 2 circuits remain out in the Eagle Creek area; they need to be re-energized. Poles along FM 775 are back up, he said. There are some issues with individual customers in some areas,... More ›

 
Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
Floresville  
May 18 at 2:54pm
 
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of South Central Texas, from 1 am May 19 (Thursday) through Thursday evening. This means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. This is for the... More ›

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
May 18 at 2:09pm
 
you know the only thing I was wondering about was that at no time were the local sheriffs dept guys on 775 or 181, especially at rush hour and by the school were traffic had to coalesce into one lane at one time to get into north... More ›

 
Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
Floresville  
May 18 at 12:16pm
 
TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. A flood warning continues for the Medina River At Hwy 281 affecting Bexar County, and the San Antonio River near Elmendorf, affecting Bexar and Wilson counties. The flood warning continues for the... More ›

 
Jeffrey Valcher  
Floresville, TX  
May 18 at 9:06am
 
According to preliminary reports from Leann Hosek, Wilson County's Emergency Management Agency coordinator, the bulk of the damage is in the Pct. 1 area. Commissioner Gomez is accompanying her to the Saspamco Calaveras area.... More ›

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