PAMPA, Texas — Thunderstorms packing winds of nearly 70 mph rolled through part of the Texas Panhandle and tore down about 40 utility poles in Pampa.
Police in Pampa say nobody was hurt in Saturday night’s bad weather.
Xcel (EX’-sel) Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says about 7,300 customers lost electricity. Crews worked to restore power and the outages dwindled to about 500 by midday Sunday.
Reeves says about 40 downed utility poles were being repaired in Pampa, a city of nearly 18,000. KVII-TV reports some poles were down across highways and trees were uprooted.
National Weather Service meteorologist Douglas Weber says 67-mph winds were recorded near Pampa, 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Amarillo. Forecasters believe a possible microburst caused residential damage including fences blown over.