Storms lead to Ardmore power outages

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

Storms passing through Ardmore this morning swept away power for nearly 1,700 Oklahoma, Gas and Electric customers. April Hudson was one of them.

"I came in and everything was off," said Hudson, who manages the front desk at Economy Inn. She said the outage there lasted from about 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. During that time, many customers opted to come back later.

"We couldn't check nobody in, we couldn't make no room keys, we couldn't do credit cards," said Hudson.

Lightning strikes led to blown transformer fuses, and high winds blew down poles taking conductors with them. OG&E community affairs manager Gene Fryar said crews that were sent to help in Shawnee were called back Monday evening.

"They're back here now working with them," said Fryar. "We also have ten contract crews working in this area to help restore service."

At about 4 p.m. crews had repaired a circuit that Fryar said brought power back to nearly half of those who lost it. OG&E hopes to have all power restored by Tuesday night, but in the meantime Fryar asks those still waiting to hold on.

"Patience, bear with us. We're working as hard as we can to get it back on," he said.

If you have an outage to report, you can call 800-522-6870.

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