Summer storms knock out power across the city


Thursday, July 11th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Summer storms rolled through the area Wednsday night around 7:30.

Heavy rains drenched streets and high winds kicked up dust clouds. In Broken Arrow strong winds caused damage to small trees and tree limbs.

Limbs littered the road near the Indian Springs area.

About 4800 customers are without power Thursday morning as a result of the storms.
Crews are at work throughout the city to restore power.

Heavy rains drenched streets and high winds kicked up dust clouds. In Broken Arrow strong winds caused damage to small trees and tree limbs.

Limbs littered the road near the Indian Springs area. As the edge of the front made its way east, it caused a big downpour in Wagoner.

Those storms have kept PSO crews busy since Wednesday evening. Crews have had to work to restore power from Bartlesville to south Tulsa. A spokesman says at the height of the storm, 9,500 customers lost power. PSO officials expect it to take all day Thursday to get everyone back on line.

Those downed power lines caused some problems for firefighters as well. Fire crews could only watch a storage shed burn in east Tulsa. It had power lines fall on it, and that service had to be cut off first. Other downed power lines kept other firefighters busy as well. Concerns over safety kept one crew on standby for hours. Tulsa Fire Department Captain Doug Lewis, “several kids out on bicycles so uh, we felt a need to stay here and guard this line so nobody got electrocuted.”