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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — Strong winds knocked a portion of the Bru Thru’s sign into a power line Tuesday causing outages and traffic for several hours in the eastern portion of the city.

“It affected about 600 residents and nonresidential customers that were in the area,” said Karl Green, Oncor’s Killeen area manager.

The outage spread across the eastern portion of the city from the Bru Thru in the 1900 block of East U.S. Highway 190 to past Walmart in the 2700 block, he said. Along with the households and businesses, traffic lights also were shut down causing a backup of traffic.

“Most of that traffic (on U.S. 190 coming from Killeen) was just related to traffic signals being knocked out for that time period,” Green said.

Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said the incident was reported about 10:30 a.m. Firefighters and police responded to ensure public safety while Oncor repaired the broken line.

The sign and the power line were the only things damaged in the incident and no one was hurt, Young said.

“The sign on the Bru Thru business yielded to the wind, and whenever it yielded, the sign came down on the power line,” he said.

Oncor had repaired the damage by about 11:30 a.m., Young said.

And power was restored to those businesses and homes by about 1:30 p.m. with no outages being reported by 2 p.m., Green said.

Strong winds contributed to several other area power outages in recent weeks, Green said. However, most of those incidents were caused by trees.

When an incident like this occurs, Oncor, which is responsible for the transmission of electricity in this area, has to isolate the lines before making the repairs that could include replacing a conductor or running new lines, Green said.

“The biggest impact was trees blowing into the power lines,” he said. And we “just make repairs as needed.”

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