High winds expected to continue in area

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High winds like those that snapped a power pole Sunday and cut off electrical service to more than 170 Denton residents are expected to continue in the area through Wednesday.

Winds with gusts up to 20 to 25 mph are expected today and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. After Wednesday, wind speeds are expected to drop to 5 to 10 mph.

The snapped power pole took down electrical lines near Wilson Elementary School in northeast Denton, cutting off power to Denton Municipal Electric customers near the school.

Most customers had their power restored within three hours, said DME spokesman Brian Daskam. The remaining dozen residents had their power restored shortly after that, he said.

No other outages caused by the wind were reported, he said.

The downed electrical pole was the only damage that was officially linked to the high winds, although there was an unofficial report of damage to a residential construction project in Argyle that was also believed to have been caused by wind. The report blamed the collapse of a garage under construction in Argyle on the wind.

Wind speeds at the time were clocked at about 30 mph at Denton Enterprise Airport. Denton County was under a wind advisory, which is issued when sustained winds of at least 20 to 30 mph are expected.

Jody Gonzalez, Denton County’s emergency management coordinator, said he was not aware of any other wind-related damage throughout the county. And Denton police and fire departments had no other damages to report.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.


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