Strong winds cause power outages in Cameron County

January 23, 2019

Strong winds across the Valley are leaving thousands without power.

The AEP Texas website indicates 2,741 customers living within the 78552 zipcode are without electricity as of noon. Less than 200 customers in San Benito and another 200 in Cameron Park are also without power.

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 4 pm this afternoon for Cameron, Hidalgo, Brooks, Kenedy and Willacy counties.

The National Weather Service says the winds are expected to be from the South to Southeast at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph.

Forecasters say the strong winds may topple trash cans and patio furniture. If you drive a high profile vehicle be extra careful especially if you are driving along east to west highways, such as Interstate 2, or elevated bridges and overpasses.

The NWS says a cold front will arrive early Wednesday morning bringing a chance for rain and possibly a few thunderstorms during overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Behind the cold front, expect for much drier and cooler air to move in with breezy northwesterly winds.

The combination of the drier air and breezy winds will lead to an elevated fire weather conditions Wednesday afternoon.

On Friday morning a second week front will arrive.

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