Significant damage reported in Vernon, Tx

The Vernon Fire Department reports that there is a boil order for those using water for human consumption in the Vernon City Limits, due to the power outage affecting the water system.  It is as a result of the high winds with the storm with many power lines and trees and limbs down, causing extensive roof damage.

Damage assessment is underway and a Red Cross Shelter is open at the Wilbarger County Courthouse in Vernon for those needing shelter.

One injury reported happened when an electrician stepped on a rake, the man was not life threatening.  The crews from AEP have come from as far away as Abilene to help restore power, and a Fire Department spokesman says resulting conditions from the storm are due to winds they estimated at 60 to 70 miles per hour.

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