Central Texas Storm Damage

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City officials in Austin sent garbage trucks to collect spoiled food in areas of the city where residents had no power for up to three days.

The city tried to help residents deal with warm refrigerators and freezers yesterday as utility crews scrambled to repair power lines and trim trees.

Austin Energy officials said they expected more than 700 people to be without power until this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms hit Central Texas on Thursday night, leaving 52-thousand people without power in Austin.

Officials with Austin Energy say it took longer than normal to restore power because access to utility poles is difficult in older neighborhoods, where most of the outages occurred.

In Waco, residents and utility crews worked to clean up damage caused by Saturday storms. National Weather Service officials say the storms included a tornado that tore up several businesses in an industrial area of the city.

There were no injuries reported.