Wind, rain, hail pummel island
Fierce wind, rain and hail that struck Port Aransas before dawn Sunday, Jan. 9, knocked out electrical power and caused damage to at least a few structures, but no injuries were reported from the storm.
Hugh Pruett was asleep in bed in his 741 Sea Breeze Lane home when gusty winds peeled back a 20-by-30-foot section of roofing material from his house. Then the rainwater came in.
“I started feeling water on the bed,” Pruett said. “That was the first clue.”
About 3,300 electrical service customers in Port Aransas lost power due to the lightning, said Jessica Davila-Burnett, a spokesman for AEP, the electrical utility. Electricity was restored to many residents by 11 a.m., but some had to wait longer. All power was back within 24 hours, according to AEP.
At the Aransas Princess condominium, the roaring wind blew down a 40-foot section of a four-foot-high brick fence, said Jim Triplett, managing director of CCMS resorts, which handles management of the condominium and other properties in Port Aransas.
The wind also partially took down a tennis court fence at the condominium.
Gusts also snapped some large tree branches and blew debris around, but Port Aransas police said they had no reports of injuries or major damage.
Two days after the storm, Sam Roberts of GSM Insurors said he had received no claims from Port Aransans for damage caused by the storm.
The nasty weather was caused partly by a low-pressure system that stalled over the region, Barron said.
Throughout the Coastal Bend, more than 11,000 AEP customers lost electricity, Andy Heines, spokesman for AEP said.