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Oklahoma Utility Crews Working Around The Clock To Restore Power

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Light pole at a rural intersection near OKC damaged on Tuesday. Light pole at a rural intersection near OKC damaged on Tuesday.
Utility pole cross arm ripped off a utility pole. Utility pole cross arm ripped off a utility pole.
Utility crew replacing electric pole near Oklahoma City. Utility crew replacing electric pole near Oklahoma City.


UNDATED -- Rural electric cooperative crews are busy across central and eastern Oklahoma replacing destroyed utility poles and downed power lines.

In all, the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives says between 950 to 1,000 distribution poles were destroyed and 71 to 75 high voltage transmission structures were damaged or destroyed as the storms moved out of central Oklahoma Tuesday afternoon into eastern Oklahoma.

  • Caddo Electric Cooperative, Binger: 125 poles destroyed; 137 outages as of Noon today; all residentials should be on by late tonight; remaining by Friday evening.
  • Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative, Seminole: 2 poles destroyed; peak outages at 300, all restored by midnight.
  • Central Rural Electric Cooperative, Stillwater: 25 poles destroyed; less than 50 outages remaining. Should have most restored by Wednesday evening.
  • Cimarron Electric Cooperative, Kingfisher: 450+ poles destroyed; approximately 550 meters without power at 2:00 PM. Alfalfa EC and Harmon EA crews assisting.
  • East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Okmulgee: 4 poles destroyed; peak outages 3,540. Only 10 without power late Wednesday morning; all to be on by end of day.
  • Indian Electric Cooperative, Cleveland: 15 poles destroyed; 150 outages remaining as of Noon today, mostly north of Hominy. 419 outages at peak. On by Wednesday night.
  • Kiamichi Electric Cooperative, Wilburton: 15 poles destroyed; 160 outages remaining, mainly in LeFlore County. Should have all power restored by 6:00 PM Wednesday.
  • Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Hulbert: 18 poles destroyed; 76 outages remaining this afternoon. Should have power restored by late Wednesday or Thursday morning.
  • Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Vinita: 10 poles destroyed Tuesday, 228 destroyed in Sunday's tornadoes; 1,200 outages at peak; 575 outages remaining.
  • Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Norman: 210 poles destroyed; 500 outages remain; peak outages - 15,060. All subs remain energized. All on by Friday end of day.
  • People's Electric Cooperative, Ada: 8 poles destroyed; peak outages at 1,600 around 10:00 PM, all meters restored by 1:00 AM Wednesday morning.
  • Red River Valley REA, Marietta: 14 poles destroyed; 130 outages in Ringling area, 6 in Mannsville area.
  • Rural Electric Cooperative, Lindsay: 60 to 100 poles destroyed; 50 to 60 outages reported.
  • Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Anadarko: at least 71 high-voltage transmission structures damaged/destroyed; 1 sub (Canna) heavily damaged.

At last count, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives says the 14 rural electric cooperatives have 2,474 customers without power.

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