OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - About 14,000 homes and businesses are without power in Lawton and western Oklahoma because of a strong winter storm.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma spokeswoman Andrea Chancellor said Thursday that ice and strong winds knocked down power lines throughout the region. Chancellor says repair crews are on the scene but that workers are being hampered by the weather.
Altus Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says winds are gusting up to 60 mph in the region. Colston says parts of the city are without power, and the American Red Cross is considering opening shelters if electricity isn't restored soon.
Colston says officials are encouraging motorists to stay off area roads which have become icy and hazardous because of the storm.
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