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Winds blamed for power outages across Tulsa County

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/21 11:20 am Published: 2/20 11:52 am

TULSA, Okla. - Strong winds led to a busy day for PSO workers.

Crews responded to downed power lines and transformer issues across Green Country, including the area near 14th and Sheridan streets.

“About 9:15, 9:20, things started flickering a little bit then everything just shut down,” said Roland Rice, who owns Heatwave Supply in east Tulsa.

Rice said he ran outside when the power went out.

“We saw Tulsa police and fire department show up. Pretty quickly they started redirecting traffic on Sheridan because there was a line down and sparking in the street,’ he said.

PSO spokesperson Stan Whiteford told FOX23 the wind gusts send debris into lines or snap the power line, which is what happened at that location.
“We’re back to using cellphones and No. 2 pencils,” said Rice, while they waited for the power to come on.

PSO told FOX23 that around 10 a.m. Thursday there were more than 4,000 customers without power. By Thursday afternoon that number was down to fewer than 200 customers.

“So, we’re just anxious the guys here told us they’ll have lines strung up probably in another hour,” said Rice.

And they did. But then it was on to the next call to repair more lines and even fix some power poles that were shifted by the winds.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/20/2014 5:08 PM
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Run the power underground
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