Power outages expected to continue until Saturday

Austin (KXAN)- The powerful storms Thursday night left many with out power overnight. Austin Energy has been working to get all the lights back on as quickly as possible.

In an official release, the completion time has been changed to Saturday.

As of 10 p.m. on Friday, between Austin Energy and Pedernales Electric Cooperative, there were still 1,300 customers without power.

High winds knocked down poles and wires, damaged equipment, and snapped trees and tree limbs into power lines in many locations.

The majority of overhead power lines in neighborhoods also are in backyards, slowing the speed of restoration. Crews must carry equipment into the yards and climb the poles because bucket trucks cannot access the area.

Austin Energy said that 25 restoration crews and nine tree crews are out making repairs and removing debris from lines.

For live updates on the outages click here.

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