Storm Causes Major Damage In Carrizo Springs
The town of Carrizo Springs is cleaning up this evening following a very strong overnight storm that knocked out power and peeled rooftops off county buildings.
Luckily no one was injured but people in that area say they've never seen anything like it before.
Our Annette Garcia was in Carrizo Springs and has the details in this Pro 8 News exclusive.
“People actually wanted to know what happened was it a tornado was it a gust of wind.”
Strong winds blowing through the town of Carrizo Springs, shattering signs and tearing buildings apart.
“Our courthouse annex. The ceiling was damaged all of our computers are down. We have about two inches of water on the floor.”
Residents waking up to pieces of rooftops in their lawns.
And they were in the dark.
Live power lines scattered everywhere on the ground.
The power outages stopping traffic at every intersection.
Even county leaders and first responders held their emergency meeting outside.
“Most of the city is without power right now. Luckily we have the hospital up and going and elderly up and going also.”
Residents say the storm came and went quickly.
“There was some lightening strikes and lost power and we come down at 3 or 4 o’clock and everything was blocked off at that time.”
This man was forced to close down his restaurant until power can be restored and until he can clean up.
The strong winds bumped this business back a bit. About five feet from where it used to be.
“There’s an oil spill inside so we will be cleaning that up.”
Meanwhile the concern for first responders was the heat.
No electricity means no AC and triple digit temperatures weren't helping.
County leaders spent the day finding somewhere for the elderly to go because their usual cooling centers were also without power.
So far there have been no reports of any injuries.
The silver lining, people here say, to a storm that caught so many by surprise.
“We’ve never experienced anything like that in Carrizo since I can remember.”
“Its interesting no doubt about it.”
In Carrizo springs, Annette Garcia pro 8 news.
County leaders say AEP electric crews should have most of the power restored in the next few hours but it may take into tomorrow to have everything up and running again.