Restoring Power: Wichita Falls Residents wake up to no power

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Many residents in Wichita Falls were awaken by the heavy winds and roaring thunder early Sunday morning.  They woke up again, to no power.

"With the wind pushing into the window so hard, I knew it was windy," said Melanie Gutierrez, who was woken up by the storm at her home. "I heard thunder, but it was mostly wind."

The first report of number of power outages in the Wichita Falls area came out at 7 a.m.  That number was over 1,300 outages.

"I had no idea," said Gutierrez, whose power had been off for over 4 hours.  "That's a very large amount."

By mid-afternoon, there were many still without power, but Gutierrez said it could be worse.  "I think we are very lucky considering there are places that have gone days without power.  Since we are still in the upper 90's in September it could be a lot worse."

As for the electricians, they will continue to work until every light is on.

"I'm sure they're working as fast as they can," said Gutierrez. "Hopefully people can understand that."

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