Storms Bring Rain, Damaging Winds To Parts Of Oklahoma

Monday, August 8th 2011, 9:14 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma – Utility crews spent most of Monday night and Tuesday morning repairing power lines brought down by 85-mile-per-hour winds in Okmulgee County. 

Emergency management says firefighters had to rescue one woman trapped in her car, when power lines fell on top of her car. She wasn't hurt. 

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Crews had to shut down roads in the area while they worked to erect new power poles and fix broken lines. 

Meanwhile in Tulsa, Public Service Company of Oklahoma is reporting less than 300 customers still without power. 

The storms which rolled across the state Monday evening and early Tuesday left about 46,000 customers without power in the Oklahoma City area. 

Over in Ponca City in Kay County, power has been out since 7 p.m. Monday evening.  City officials don't expect power to be restored until at mid morning Tuesday. 

Officials say power lines which bring power to the city southwest of town were damaged and crews are working to restore service.  

In Eufaula, over 1,300 customers are out of power due to a damaged OG&E substation.  

Straight-line winds damaged the roofs of numerous homes and a storage unit, and blew sheet metal into several businesses, damaging them, Canadian County Emergency Management Director Jerry Smith said.  

Farther to the north, a severe storm with an estimated wind gust of 95 mph slammed into Garfield County, damaging homes, a church and grain bins, emergency management director Mike Honigsberg said.

The storm ripped the roofs off some homes and toppled large electric transmission poles. Live wires from the poles were thrown onto some houses, but emergency crews were able to get residents out safely.

Despite the brief relief, the rain wasn't enough to help the drought conditions across the state. Burn bans are still in effect for all 77 Oklahoma counties.

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