Green Country Wakes To Power Outages, Storm Damage

Sunday, May 17th 2015, 8:00 am
By: Dee Duren

Crews are working to restore power to Green Country residents after a line of severe storms moved through late Saturday night. Public Service of Oklahoma reports at the height of the storm, nearly 26,000 customers experienced service disruption.

As of 3 p.m, that number was reduced to 516. 

The greatest storm damage occurred in the Tulsa metro area and portions of rural northeastern Oklahoma, where approximately 22,000 PSO customers were affected at one point.

The company had about 45 poles damaged or destroyed in the metro Tulsa area, according to spokesperson Stan Whiteford. The repair work is being complicated by muddy ground that makes it difficult to get large vehicles close the poles.

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Whiteford said they believe power will be restored to that area by 10 p.m. Sunday.

In the northeast Oklahoma - including the Inola area - there were 1,500 without power. As of 3 p.m., there are 138 in Rogers County and 109 in Delaware County.

PSO estimates they will have that area restored by noon Monday, Whiteford said.

Verdigris Valley Electric reports 55 customers are without power as of 3 p.m.

OG&E reports at 3 p.m., 262 Muskogee customers are still without electricity.

The good news: the storms have left the area, and the flash flood watch has been canceled for most counties.

The storms that moved in from western Oklahoma hit the Green Country viewing area about 9:30 p.m. The severe storm moved across the state quickly, doing damage in its path.

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A tornado was confirmed to have hit in southeast Tulsa. One house is leveled and up to a dozen damaged with debris scattered and downed power lines near where our spotter saw a tornado about 11 p.m.

High winds uprooted trees in Osage County near Pawhuska, and roof damage has been reported east of Broken Arrow and all along the Interstate 44 corridor. At least a dozen homes seem destroyed between Broken Arrow and Coweta, our field crews said.

One family in Inola lost three barns and the farming equipment inside.

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