Killeen was pelted by a morning storm Monday that left thousands of residents without power.

Heavy rain began falling just after 9 a.m. as many residents were beginning their workdays. According to Oncor, more than 3,000 residents lost power in Killeen, with the majority of those outages occurring along US. Highway 190.

Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said KPD received reports of weather-related power outages that affected traffic signals at multiple intersections throughout the city.

Power was restored after about an hour, according to Oncor’s website.

The early morning storm dropped about 1.18 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Ted Ryan said sporadic showers usually occur through mid-June and were a sign that things are beginning to return to normal after years of extreme drought in Texas. The heavy rain that fell near the end of May was particularly beneficial for the Killeen area.

“It’s actually quite normal for this time of year,” Ryan said.

“It’s definitely good news.”

Killeen residents can expect the remainder of the week to be dry and sunny with a slight chance of rain on Thursday.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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