Anyone else finding the official explanation a little hard to swallow?
About 20,000 Central Texans were left without power early Friday as a mixture of lingering dust from dry weather and a steady flow of overnight drizzle wreaked havoc for local electric utilities and their customers.
The muddy mixture helped trigger power surges and smoldering fires atop dozens of power poles, leading to the outages.
Austin Energy saw about 10,000 customer outages as a result of 50 power pole fires, the most recorded by the electric provider in more than a decade, Clark said.
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