Storms trigger lightning show over Austin

Storms trigger lightning show over Austin

Lightning strikes near FM 2222.

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by John Bumgardner / KVUE.com

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Powerful storms that produced little rain, but a spectacular light show, rolled through the Austin area Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, 1.31 inches of rain fell Wednesday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The storms also knocked down trees. KVUE Photojournalist Michael Moore reported a downed tree on Empress Boulevard, just northwest of Davis Lane and Manchaca in South Austin. Trees blocked several residential streets in the Grand Oaks neighborhood. Moore says power was out between Sentenary Ridge and at least Westgate.

Austin Energy reported as many as 6,400 customers without power due to the storms. By 10 p.m. that number had been reduced to 1,500. Thursday morning it was down to just 100 customers.
 
KVUE Meteorologist Mark Murray reported as many as 3,000 lightning strikes south of the Austin metro area Wednesday night.

KVUE viewer Rex McGreevy sent a photo taken from the Mueller development with lightning in the distance just south of downtown Austin.

Click video below from KVUE Photojournalist Scott Guest as storms hit Wimberley:

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