GALVESTON (AP) — About 16,000 businesses and homes in Galveston lost electricity after strong winds were blamed for pushing a crane on a barge into some power lines.
The Coast Guard says nobody was injured Thursday. The accident forced temporary closure of the Intercoastal Waterway at the causeway.
CenterPoint Energy spokesman Keith Gray says crews were able to roll service over to another transmission line. Power was restored within about three hours.
The Galveston County Daily News reports the Coast Guard set up a safety perimeter for vessels around the railroad bridge spanning Galveston Bay. The Intercoastal Waterway was reopened by early Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service recorded gusts of up to 30 mph Thursday morning.
Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com