More Than 8,000 Brownsville Residents Lose Power During Thunderstorms

POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 10:44am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 2:45pm

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect all morning and for part of the afternoon in Cameron County, affecting Brownsville residents who were home or on the roads.

Many streets, like Boca Chica Boulevard, were flooded, making it a frustrated morning for many commuters. But not only was the heavy downpour bad, many areas in the city experienced winds of up to 50 mph. These strong winds knocked over several trees and affected many power lines. The Public Utilities Board is reporting about 8,000 customers lost power during and after the storm, but not for too long. Since most of the damage was minimal, crews were working and restoring power quickly. Power was restored for 99% of the customers affected, leaving only 100 customers still in the dark.

So this Tuesday was a taste of what we may expect this hurricane season which begins in two weeks. We experienced worse times in 2008 when Hurricane Dolly bombarded the Rio Grande valley.