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Storm brings lightning, rain and hail to borderland

Storm brings lightning, rain and hail to borderland
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POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:51am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 8:03am

This is the fourth day in a row the borderland has seen lightning, thunder, a lot of rain and even hail.

These are dangerous conditions for us because the ground is extremely saturated from our recent rains and many areas are susceptible to severe flooding.

El Pasoans woke up to the sound of thunder Thursday morning. The rain was pouring down in Central El Paso at about 3 a.m. After just a few minutes, you could see flooding along the streets and in parking lots.

We caught different shots from our TxDOT cameras overnight. At one point, you could not even see the highway. Drivers were hitting their brakes and slowing down as the roads became wet and of course more slick.

Crews were out all night, cleaning up the mess left behind from Wednesday night's rains. We caught them picking up trees that had been knocked down on Love Street in the Upper Valley and crews closed Sunset and Doniphan where there was severe flooding.

We even saw many power outages across the area. Thousands of people were without power from Vado, down to Fort Hancock and up to Chaparral. According to El Paso Electric at 8 a.m., about 5,000 customers were still without power.

To check or report an outage, visit El Paso Electric at http://www.epelectric.com/.

To check road conditions, from TxDOT cameras, visit http://its.txdot.gov/ITS_WEB/FrontEnd/default.html?r=ELP&p=El%20Paso&t=cctv.

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