Storms cause outages across state

Multiple crews from around the state are working to restore power to nine utilities served by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, after ice storms and high winds did widespread damage to power lines over the weekend.

Approximately 4,600 customers served by OMPA member utilities remained without power early Monday afternoon, with many of the problems situated in the southwest part of the state.

Municipal utilities still experiencing outages due to transmission issues include Frederick, Watonga, Geary, Granite, Okeene, Pond Creek, Olustee, Eldorado and Manitou.

Edmond, Kingfisher, Newkirk, Tonkawa and Fairview all experienced outages either because of transmission or distribution problems, before power was restored.

Transmission issues that had cut power to Altus and Waynoka on Sunday have been repaired, though minor problems inside the city distribution lines still have some customers without power. Duncan also has experienced partial outages due to distribution problems.

Crews from OMPA and all of the affected utilities have been working to repair downed power lines, while the cities of Purcell, Stillwater, Kingfisher, Watonga, Eldorado and Mangum also responded to mutual aid requests.

Unfortunately, the storm has caused significant damage to the electrical transmission and distribution systems within the state, and repairs are expected to possibly take several days. Customers are asked to refer to the OMPA website or Facebook page for updates.

State-wide, nearly 200,000 outages were reported by all of the state’s power suppliers, according to the Corporation Commission.