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Basin Residents Face Aftermath of Tuesday Morning's Storm

ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

You may have woken up to it. Strong thunderstorms pounded parts of the Basin and they showed no mercy.

Odessa and Midland were some of hardest hit areas, leaving many people left to clean up the mess.

"It was bad. You couldn't even see across the street. The wind was blowing so bad," said Odessa Resident, Paula Fahlstrom.

"I walked outside the house and it just came down. Within 30 minutes, it was just flooded. Incredibly flooded," said Odessa resident, Chris Solis.

Storms with heavy winds took over the area early Tuesday morning.

"[The water] comes up here sometimes, just up on the sidewalk right in here, but not like it did this (Tuesday) morning," said Odessa resident, Mary Evans.

The City of Odessa reports 10 high water rescues between midnight and 8 a.m. Midland officials report five cars taken by the waters and two fires in the county caused by lightning strikes.

"All of a sudden we heard, 'Bam! Bam! Bam!' and the whole house started shaking and I thought, 'What the heck?'" said Fahlstrom.

Fahlstrom's entire backyard construction was blown to smithereens.

"This was all walls, it looks like a domino effect," said Fahlstrom.

Another Odessa family walked outside to find their tree sprawled across their front yard, causing damage to their roof and their sidewalk. Which made them maneuver their way around the mess to get to their car.

Chris Solis spent the morning cleaning up the mess of what floated on his property.

"We've seen coolers, chairs, pots, beds. I don't even know where the beds are coming from," said Solis.

Even local businesses felt the wrath with broken windows.

Oncor reported 7,400 people without power in Midland/Odessa alone caused by the weather.

Even DPS and the East side Walmart in Odessa closed for a portion of the day due to power outages.

The aftermath proves some residents' theory: When it rains in West Texas, it pours.

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