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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 9:42 pm

The National Weather Service in Brownsville says tonight's storms won't be as severe as initially predicted but they are still bringing lots of rain.

In the Harlingen area, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the areas of Harlingen, San Benito and Rio Hondo.

Forecasters say residents could see wind gusts of up of 60 mph.

On Facebook readers are telling us it is raining in Sebastian, La Feria, Harlingen, San Benito, Rio Hondo, Los Fresnos and South Padre Island.

Throughout Brownsville residents are telling us they are being hit hard by the rain, lightning and thunder.

One reader says she witnessed a transformer erupt on Alton Gloor near FM 511 and then catch fire.

Another reported rain and hail in her Brownsville neighborhood.

The lights are reportedly out in some areas of Olmito and in Los Fresnos near the intersection of FM 803 and Highway 100.

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board says at one point 2,643 customers were without power during the storm.

Many of the customers live in the northeast section of Brownsville where there were reports of transformers catching fire.

PUB says crews will work through the night if power goes out again.

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