The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 28, 2013

Billings still without power after Thursday night storm

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — High winds during a brief thunderstorm Thursday night felled a few trees across the county and left limbs littering yards and roadways.

Several area towns lost power during the storm, including some customers in the Enid area, said Oklahoma Gas & Electric Spokesman John Little.

About 75 customers in Billings still were without power Friday afternoon after some tin from a roof was blown into the power lines and damaged three power poles. Little said power should be restored by this evening.

“What happened was with the wind last night, it took some tin off a roof and hurled it into our lines and ended destroying two power poles and damaging a third,”  Little said. He added there were “several blocks” of downed line in the Billings area from the damage.

Little said most customers that lost power due to the wind were restored “pretty readily.”

Enid Police Department Capt. Jack Morris said there were a couple calls of downed power lines in Enid but one turned out to be a cable television line and the other line could not be located where the caller indicated.

About 8:30 p.m., the department received a call about a downed tree in the 500 block of West Maple. Police logs indicated the city of Enid was contacted and the tree removed from the roadway in about an hour, Morris said.

Another tree was also downed in the storm in the 1500 block of Vinita but was located on private property.

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said there were reports of some trees down in an area south of Covington and branches on the roadways across the county.

Thursday’s storm dropped 1.44 inches of rain in Lahoma, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet station there. The Breckinridge Mesonet station recorded 0.18 inches of rain there.

Certified Director of Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management Mike Honigsberg there were no reports of major damage to his office.