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Power outages, structure fire and downed trees reported as storms roll through Central Texas

Both Pedernales Electric Co-Op and Bluebonnet Electric Co-Op are reporting outages Thursday.

GEORGETOWN, Texas — As some much-needed rain is moving into Central Texas, the strong storms associated with it caused headaches for some.

Pedernales Electric Co-op on Thursday reported service interruptions in Georgetown and Liberty Hill.

Around 3:30 p.m., a total of 25 outages have been reported with around 2,300 meters affected. Despite those outages, more than 99% of its meters still had power. By 9 p.m., only three outages were reported, affecting five meters. 

According to Georgetown ISD, Wolf Ranch was among those experiencing outages. The district said phones were down at the campus but staff and students are safe. Dismissal was on track to occur on time.

Liberty Hill ISD said the high school was also affected by the outages. The school district asked that people drive with caution as the school prepared for dismissal. Police officers were stationed at intersections to direct traffic. 

Meanwhile, Bluebonnet Electric Co-Op said was working to replace storm-damaged equipment. An outage was impacting more than 400 members near Lake View Drive in Burleson County.

The co-op said it was also working to repair an outage affecting more than 200 members near Apache Hills Road.

At 4:30 p.m., the co-op reported that power had been restored to all storm-related outages west of Somerville in Burleson County. 

As of 5:40 p.m., Austin Energy on the other hand is reporting around 20 active outages affecting more than 5,400 customers. By 9 p.m., 22 outages were impacting more than 4,600 customers.

The Austin Department of Transportation also reported that the storms were causing traffic lights to flash red across the city. The department asked drivers to treat these intersections as four-way stops.

The Austin Fire Department reported that the storms also caused a "flurry of weather-related calls." Those included a downed tree on Collingwood Drive and a structure fire on Arbor Downs due to a lightning strike.

Meanwhile, Austin-Travis County EMS reported that it was working on a wilderness rescue on the 3900 block of the S. MoPac Expressway service road southbound. A patient was reportedly stranded on the greenbelt due to flooding.

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Timeline: Widespread storms for Central Texas Thursday afternoon

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