TULSA, Okla. — As of Wednesday at 1:15 p.m., Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) says more than 33,000 customers are without power. The company’s spokesperson, Stan Whiteford, says recent ice storms have created a larger problem in Western Oklahoma.
Whiteford says 600+ workers are helping make repairs and power restorations. Many of them arrived ahead of the storm. He says it’s not just their crews from PSO, but additional contractors and servicemen from their sister company are also lending a hand.
Whiteford says they are aware that more repairs might be needed over the next couple of days. He says PSO has requested another 300 more service workers to arrive if needed.
Whiteford says a majority of these power outages are created by fallen trees and branches as well as “galloping lines.” He says when power lines weigh down with ice, they tend to “gallop” when the wind picks up. It creates issues and power outages.
PSO says the ice storm hitting early in the fall season has created some safety concerns, as well. Whiteford says the weight of the ice combined with leaves and vegetation can cause branches to not just fall on power lines, but cars and homes, too. Furthermore, Whiteford says to treat any downed power line as if it’s still hot. If you see a power line on the ground, stay away and call PSO.
Whiteford says they have continued to update their website twice a day to keep their customers informed at PSOklahoma.com. Whiteford said, “it’s going to continue to be a multi-day event, but not everyone that is out will be out for multiple days.”
Outage numbers will fluctuate as winter weather continues to cause additional damage.
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