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Austinites cleaning up after storm

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If you drive through South Austin you'll find trees and branches still scattered everywhere. Clean up after Monday night's storm could take days.

"You know I thought it was a tornado," a South Austin resident said.

The National Weather Service says winds in our area ranged from 50 to 60 miles per hour. We're told many of the trees in South Austin are more than 50 years old and brittle, making them easy to blow over.

"When it came through, it really had a lot of rain because it was just pounding the roof. You could hear the branches falling from the trees and one fell on my car," a South Austin resident said.

This is exactly what a lot of residents are dealing with.

"We think it bounced off and landed that way," says Theo Richard, South Austin resident.

Theo Richard and his family took shelter inside of a closet during the storm. They even had survival kits ready to go.

"Cotton balls for starting a fire, it has a lighter, reflective tape," Richard said.

At the peak of the storm, Austin Energy says 12,000 customers were affected. Crews worked throughout Monday night until Tuesday evening to have power restored. They also helped residents clean up debris.

"Really quickly it ramped way up. We heard a huge crack and we had a giant part of the tree in our yard come crashing down. Quickly after that, we had another huge branch come down on the roof of our porch. We kind of high-tailed it inside and made for the center of the house," said Kathie Sever, a South Austin resident.

We found Nick Cantrell and his 5-year-old son Gavin walking through the neighborhood looking at the aftermath.

"It was loud and scary," Gavin Cantrell said.

The 5-year-old boy tells us he's just happy the storm is over.

"The trees were going through my house and the hail damage knocked down one of my favorite trees," he said.

Austin Police and the Travis County Sheriff's Office say no weather-related injuries have been reported.

Monday's storm didn't just toss around trees and branches. It also caused five stories worth of scaffolding to come crashing down in Central Austin at 24th and San Gabriel. A family was driving in their car when they were struck. Luckily a power line stopped the force of the impact and no one was injured.

For residents still cleaning up, the City of Austin has yard trimming collection, which is normally the same day as garbage pickup. Make sure small branches or limbs are no longer than five feet and no thicker than three inches. Call 3-1-1 for more information.

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