The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 5, 2013

Storms cause power outages; more could be on the horizon

Staff and wire reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Rain and high winds swept through Enid early Wednesday morning, leaving scattered power outages in town and in the rural areas.

The latest report showed 667 people without power in Enid, with another 80 in Helena and 98 in Ringwood.

OG&E Regional Manager John Little said the wind came through early.

Little said crews were working in Enid to restore power. Outages were reported across the city and were wind and lightning related.

"We have 500 to 700 customers without power right now," Little said. 

"We've got crew out working now. There are a few lines down, but some of it is just fuses need to be replaced."

He said the plan was to have power restored to customers by tonight.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a risk of severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening from eastern New Mexico across parts of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma.

The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds and the greatest threat for severe weather overall is across eastern New Mexico into the Texas South Plains region.

For Enid’s forecast, expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 p.m. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Tonight’s local forecast shows a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

“The rain we have had this morning has stabilized the atmosphere such that if we do encounter more storms, without getting any sunshine, then most likely they won’t be severe,” said Mike Honigsberg, certified director of Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management. “If the sun comes out, it will destabilize enough to put us on the borderline for severe weather. If that happens, large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall will be our main threats.

“The tornado threat here is low. We might even have storms overnight once again.”