Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported about 96,000 homes in the Tulsa metro area faced power outages early Wednesday morning, following high winds overnight. The storm brought down trees and knocked over many power lines.
"Given the amount of damage that's out there from just the initial assessments, it looks to be that it's going to be a multi-day event," said PSO spokesperson Stan Whiteford.
PSO said some crews will work overnight on repairs. Whiteford said it could be as late as Sunday before all power is restored.
Whiteford said several hundred workers began outage repairs Wednesday morning. He said several hundred more from contractors and out-of-state sister companies in Arkansas and Louisiana would join as soon as possible. He estimated there would likely be at least 700 workers serving the Tulsa area. He said if there could be any silver lining in such an upsetting situation, the bulk of the damage is concentrated in Tulsa, which allows crews from elsewhere to assist. He said the damage is spread across Tulsa, although much of it is in southern parts of the area.
Whiteford explained that crews will tend to high priority areas first. Generally, that means areas with widespread outages will likely receive help first, before crews attend to individual homes.
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, about 66,000 homes in Tulsa County reported outages. At that time, there were remaining outages in Creek County, Osage County, Rogers County, and Wagoner County.
Midtown homeowner Nancy Schooley is dealing with the power outage Wednesday.
"I need to go downtown, and I can't do my hair, because I don't have a blow dryer," Schooley said.
PSO encourages everyone cleaning up debris to remain vigilant for power lines. If you encounter one, Whiteford said to act as though it is dangerous and contact the power company.
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