Situation Update

Situation Update

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     Update #1

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michelann Ooten, Public Information Officer, office (405) 521-2481; mobile 405-620-4498

STORM DAMAGE REPORTS

Affected counties: Cleveland, Carter, Grady, Grant, Kay, Lincoln, McLain, Noble, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, Seminole

Power Outages

OG&E total of approximately 31,000 meters without service.  Approximately 28,000 of the total number is in the metro-OKC area.  The company is just beginning to start its damage assessment.

Scattered damage is reported from the following Electric Cooperatives:

Northwestern Electric Cooperative, Woodward

Cimarron Electric Cooperative, Kingfisher

Alfalfa Electric Cooperative, Cherokee (60 to 80 structures lost)

Kay Electric Cooperative, Blackwell (over 5 miles of three-phase, 4/0 conductor damaged in Grant County)

Caddo Electric Cooperative, Binger (damage in the Mustang area)

Shelters.

None reported open

Road Conditions

I-40 East at Choctaw Rd is stopped. Traffic is backed up for at least 3 miles.

I-35 closed at the OK/ Kansas line due to overturned semi’s.

40 additional troopers have been activated.

Injuries

The Oklahoma State Dept of Health has activated its operations center. All EMS are checking on injuries.  Currently reporting 7 injuries, no fatalities. Field personnel are assessing all hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living centers.

Local Damage Reports

Moblie homes have been destroyed in Noble at 120th and McGuire. No injuries reported.

Overturned vehicles and structures damaged at I-40 and Choctaw road.  OCFD has reported injuries at that location.  No count or severity.

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Next Situation Update — As necessary

For more information go to www.oem.ok.gov