The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 12, 2012

Storm knocks out power briefly to 7,000, hundreds still without


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — More than 7,000 customers were without power briefly just after 6 a.m. Friday as a storm system blew through the area.

System Watch, OG&E Electric Services' outage map, reported the Enid outages even as crews worked across the city attempted to restore power.

OG&E spokesman John Little said the storm damaged the main transmission line that feeds electricity to parts of the city, which was the reason for the large outage. He said electricity was restored to 5,500 customers in 15 minutes and all but about 100 had power after 30 minutes. That number had climbed back up as crews still worked to repair the feeder line on Cleveland to about 270 as of 10:45 a.m. Little said power would be restored to all sometime today.

Teachers at McKinley Elementary School headed out to meet students and lead them to darkened classrooms, even as OG&E workers on the south side of the school worked on lines there.

Some homes around the school at 1701 W. Broadway witnessed the power blink on and off for several minutes before going out completely.

Little said crews are continuing to work on feeder lines on Cleveland, south of Indian, that were damaged in the storm, resulting in a portion of Cleveland to close to traffic.

Lt. Scott Miller said Indian is not closed and that the closure extends to the Meadows addition.

Police received a call at around 6:15 a.m. about downed power lines on the road and city street crews erected barricades.

As workers determine what needs to be done to fix the damaged lines and poles, more of the road could be closed, Miller said.

The state's Mesonet weather recording station at Breckinridge shows the Enid area receiving .17 of an inch of rain, while the station south of Lahoma shows .04. The station near Marshall recorded 1.09 inches of rain.

Saturday is shaping up to be an active weather day, according to Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg, including a possibility of severe and tornadic storms.

He said emergency management directors in Oklahoma were advised from NWS meteorologists the timing of the storms will be a factor in their severity. If storms form early in the day, chances they will be supercells are less than if they form in the afternoon.

A cool front passing through the area all but ended rain chances for the daytime hours, Honigsberg said, adding area football games should not be delayed by bad weather tonight unless a system out west moves into the area faster than predicted.

He advised residents to stay weather aware.

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Today's NWS forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., with a 40 percent chance tonight. Wind will be out the southeast at 6-8 mph but will become gusty toward nightfall, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature is forecasted at 77, with a low of 68.

Rain chances continue Saturday, with a 70 percent chance and a high temperature near 80.

National Weather Service radar shows clearing skies in the near future, with heavy storms coming into the Texas Panhandle out of New Mexico.