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Watching for thieves during the power outage

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Updated: 7/24/2013 11:07 pm Published: 7/24/2013 11:05 pm

Wednesday will be the second night without power for thousands of families in Green Country.

At 9:00 p.m. PSO reported 60,000 customers in the region did not have power.

FOX23's meteorologists are calling last night's event a drencho, which is a fierce and fast moving thunderstorm.

During the day, families are chopping down loose debris and at night, neighbors are on guard.

"I'm not that worried about it, but it's frustrating," said Melanie Branch.
She fears looters could strike while her family is gone.

"We are staying at a hotel," said Branch.

The Branch family has been without power for nearly 24 hours.

"No air conditioning, no nothing, it's a pit in there," said Branch.

She lives in the Patrick Henry neighborhood near 41st Street and South Yale Avenue, where neighbors watch out for each other.

"It's a pretty tight community," said Branch.

FOX23 News spoke to Alert Neighbor Captain Toni Graber for Patrick Henry, who says about three-fourths of the neighborhood doesn't have power. She is sharing information on its Facebook page with neighbors who don't have power to be watchful for thieves.

“That definitely makes us nervous because there are a lot of break-ins,” said Branch.

Neighbors on her street are watchful in the dark and say they have a plan.

"Hopefully if they see people doing something they shouldn't be doing someone picks up the phone and calls the police," said Billy Cox.

The storm may have taken their power but thieves will not take their security.

"These people work hard for their stuff," said Cox.

Tulsa police say patrol officers are on alert and closely watching neighborhoods and businesses without power.

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