Heavy rain damages trees in Carter County

By: Alex Belser Email
By: Alex Belser Email

ARDMORE, OK - A heavy rain storm snapped off limbs and damaged some power lines on Tuesday.

Some small hail moved through Ardmore around 2:30 p.m., accompanied by heavy rain and lightning strikes.

"I thought it was going to break the windows," Toni Auten said. "It took our trampoline and flipped it on the other side of the fence."

"I was at the dentist and then it started hailing," Genesis Mitchell said. "It was flooding real bad and it was scary!"

The intermittent downpours had water rushing through a ditch on Rockford Road, while cars steered through some wet spots nearby.

Lightning had power flicking off and right back on at many places. We found OG&E crews out checking and fixing up the lines.

"We've gotten a lot of trouble calls, but so far it's turned out just to be lights that blinked and people called them in," OG&E troubleshooter Barton Pettit said.

South of Ardmore, the storm left a power pole on Hedges Road tilting at an angle. Some residents had tree limbs in their yards, with one limb crashing through half of a backyard playground set.

Jason Chaney was busy using a chainsaw to cut up an uprooted tree.
"We'll cut up, clean up, stack up, and go home," Chaney said.

By late evening, OG&E was reporting about 200 customers without power in Ardmore and over 1,000 in Ada.

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