Kingsville, TX – The city of Kingsville experienced strong storms last night starting at around 7:30 p.m. The system traveled into the city from the Northwest and continued east. The National Weather Service has deployed an assessment team to determine if we experienced straight line winds or a tornado.
Kingsville emergency crews received mutual aid during the storm from Kleberg County Fire, Nueces ESD 3 and Alice fire. There were no major storm related injuries reported.
At last update, AEP reported approximately 60% of the city remains without power. At the peak of the outage, 9,000 residents were without power. Crews worked through the night to restore power by priority. As of 7 a.m. power was restored to approximately 2,500 locations including hospitals, the sanitation facilities and they are now assessing the water plant.
As crews work to restore power and clean up damage today, the city of Kingsville is asking all residents to take precautions. The heat index could exceed 110 degrees today and it is essential that residents and volunteers remain hydrated during cleanup. Also, be sure to take breaks in a well-ventilated location.
Due to power outages, many street lights are not functional. Please be patient and obey 4 way stops. There have been minor accidents as a result of the power outages. The city’s municipal building on Kleberg Avenue is closed due to power outages. Staff has been moved to city hall and phone lines are operational. The train depot is also closed as a result of power outages today. All city staff are working today and additional public safety staff are on hand to address the public’s needs.
There are two brush staging areas that are operational now. One at the trash off drop off location at 6thand Avenue B and a second at Precinct 4, located at Santa Gertrudis and 14thStreet. These locations are accepting brush ONLY.
The City of Kingsville will hold a press conference with additional updates at 2 p.m. today outside City Hall located at 400 West King Avenue.
Media may direct inquiries to Janine Reyes, City of Kingsville Tourism at (361) 455-5946.