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Residents, businesses recover from weekend storm

The roof of a storage building blew off at the Budget Inn on Andrews Highway and a 40-year-old tree fell on the roof of a home in the 9200 block of Bedford Drive due to high winds from a weekend storm.

Now residents and local businesses affected by the storms are repairing and assessing the damage to determine the next step.

Shashi Patel, owner of the Budget Inn, said his storage building was heavily damaged in the storm and he has called a contractor and his insurance company to assess the damage.

“It (the winds) blew out one building,” Patel said. “The roof blew off and the entire building (is heavily damaged).”

The roof from Patel’s storage building blew onto Highway 385 prompting a cleanup by the Texas Department of Transportation, which closed the southbound lanes for a little more than an hour Friday night.

Patel said no one was injured, and no rooms were affected, but the damage is severe, as it was for many Saturday in the northern part of Odessa.

“People can still come in and rent rooms and no one was injured so that is good,” Patel said.

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Curtis Hayes, who lives in North Odessa, said the storm came in quickly and felt like a tornado causing damage to his pergola, along with some minor flooding.

“It came in pretty fast and visibility was non-existent,” Hayes said. “We never actually saw a funnel on the ground. However, I was stuck in my sop and had the door ripped out of my hands by the vacuum of the winds. If you drive around the neighborhood it is evident straight line winds were not responsible for the damage.”

Officials with the National Weather Service of Midland said that what felt like a tornado was a downburst where the wind and water from the storm hit the ground and spread in several different directions.

Hayes said that several trees, fences, and buildings were damaged during the storm, but he considers his family lucky it wasn’t worse.

Now he and the rest of his neighbors are trying to clean up what was left behind.

“There is debris all around the neighborhood, blocks away from its origin,” Hayes said. “There are a lot of folks out here that have it a lot worse than we do. We were lucky.”

As the storms passed, several were left without power throughout the area, ONCOR area spokesman Gus Ortega said.

About 12,000 people were without power at the peak of the outage, according to previous reports.

Ortega also noted that several utility poles were broken along with several cross arms, which had to be repaired or replaced.

Crews with ONCOR worked throughout the night on Saturday to restore the power, which Ortega said was completely restored on Sunday morning.

“Everything is back on and hopefully we won’t have anything that severe for a while,” Ortega said.

Contact Jared Wilson at 432-333-7786

This article was written by Jared Wilson from Odessa American, Texas and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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