Early Wednesday morning storm blows through with strong winds, lightning strikes

Lightning over Austin as seen by the Austonian camera (KXAN photo)
Lightning over Austin as seen by the Austonian camera (KXAN photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As storms rolled through late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, only a few warnings were issued.

As of 3 a.m., the only report of damage KXAN confirmed was some roof damage to a building just east of Llano. One person told KXAN the damage was on a business located in the 600 block of Highway 29.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Milam County just before 3 a.m. The National Weather Service confirmed parts of Milam County saw 70 mph winds. Most of the KXAN viewing area was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 4 a.m.

As the storm moved through the Austin metro area, at 3:10 a.m., the KXAN First Warning Team said there were 458 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes along this line of thunderstorms in the span of 10 minutes. A couple of house fire calls were reported in Austin around 2:30 a.m. that might have been lightning related, although it appears the damage was minimal.

According to Oncor Electric Delivery, thousands in the Round Rock area are without power. Estimated time of repairs is said to be 2 p.m.

House fire call on West 30th Street in Austin on March 29, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
House fire call on West 30th Street in Austin on March 29, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

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