Late night storm stuns San Angelo

San Angelo recollects after early thunderstorm cuts through town

By Chad Miller Jr. & Mason Hightower
On August 24, 2020

Photo by Ian Saint:
AEP Texas and city workers pull away from the intersection of Knickerbocker Rd. and Johnson St's work-site. Damages from Saturday night's storm affected both commuting and power to campus.

 

ASU's campus and the surrounding area experienced a severe storm just before 2 a.m. on Aug 22, which resulted in citywide power outages. According to the National Weather Service, lightning, heavy rainfall, 60 to 95 mile-per-hour winds, hail and thunderstorm downbursts ravaged the San Angelo community. The storm damaged institutions and caused power outages around the city, including at ASU and several locations where students live.

According to reports, San Angelo police officers were dispatched to dozens of calls beginning around 1:50 a.m. as the storm destroyed power lines and caused widespread damage to buildings.

The first call was for downed power lines at the intersection of Knickerbocker Rd. and Johnson St. by San Angelo Stadium. SAPD Officers blocked off traffic and AEP Texas crews went to work attending to the damages.

Kayla Addams, a sophomore living at Centennial Village, said she and others were scared and didn’t know what to do. No emergency warning or contact from ASU personnel had been made to alert students of the incoming storm, Addams said.

A freshman who preferred to remain anonymous, said emergency lights in the hallway were active, but rooms in Centennial Village were completely dark.

Brice Linde, a sophomore living in Texan Hall, said he didn’t think the storm would be large enough to cause a power outage. “I saw some lightning flashing outside and then an entire section of the city went dark,” Linde said.

Students living off campus at private residences and apartment complexes went without power until Saturday afternoon. A student who lives at Angelo Place Apartments, who preferred to remain anonymous, said his power wasn’t back on until around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

ASU announced to students Saturday morning that the Houston Harte University Center, the CHP and the ASU Lake House facilities would all be closed Saturday in response to the power outages that occurred.

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