Windy conditions blamed for power outages in Texas

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DALLAS (AP) - Strong winds have knocked out power to about 36,000 homes and businesses in parts of Texas.

Dallas-based Oncor on Thursday reported more than 35,000 electric outages in North Texas. Utility crews worked to restore power in outages mainly reported in the Dallas area.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the Dallas area through midday Thursday as an associated cold front moved through the state.

Austin Energy by dawn Thursday had restored power to all but about 375 customers from an earlier count of nearly 4,900 outages in Central Texas.

Officials say a dust storm Wednesday afternoon in West Texas triggered traffic accidents on Interstate 27 north of Lubbock that left one traveler dead and at least 17 hurt.

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