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This photo was taken earlier today along US Highway 87/287 south of Dumas where a tractor-trailer had been tossed onto its side by strong winds.

As excessively high winds continue to blast through the Texas Panhandle region, portions of Dumas and Sunray are without power, and all of the City of Cactus is without power.

The number of customers across the region affected by power outages continues to climb. As of 3 p.m., Xcel Energy reports it had "almost 40,000 customers without power across Texas and New Mexico, with more than 22,000 of that number in the Texas Panhandle. This includes all of Canadian, Vega and Cactus. We have reports of poles and wires down across the region, and we have restoration efforts under way at close to 850 locations. We don’t an estimated restoration time for these customers because the wind continues to cause damage across the area. Again, customers should assume a downed line is energized and stay away. Damage and outages can be reported by calling 1-800-895-1999, at xcelenergy.com or the Xcel Energy customer app for mobile devices," according to spokesman Wes Reeves.

Today's wind event has resulted in numerous overturned tractor-trailers, uprooted trees, damaged roofs and other wind- and debris-related damage.

Winds are expected to taper off somewhat as we enter the late evening and overnight hours, but expect windy conditions to continue tomorrow though guests will be significantly less than the 70-80 mph (or possibly higher) gusts we've seen today.

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