About 126,000 Oklahomans are still without power Saturday after a winter storm knocked down power lines across the state. Residents in parts of west and southwest Oklahoma have been among the hardest hit by power outages and it could be days before power is restored to these areas. “For some it has been multiple days now without power. To help with that we know there are shelters set up in the affected areas,” Ooten said. Residents in Comanche County, many of whom have been without power since Thursday, are staying optimistic, a county spokesman said. “We’re keeping them informed of what efforts are going on,” said Chris Killmer, public information officer for the county. “They’re being patient and most people are being self-sufficient, whether that’s waiting it out or going to a friend or family member’s house.” The city of Lawton and surrounding areas in Comanche County were hit hard by the storm. More than 42,000 people in the county were without power Friday afternoon, including about 34,000 people in the Lawton area. Power companies worked through the night Friday to restore power for about 40 percent of customers in the Lawton area by Saturday morning, Killmer said. More than 150 people spent the night in an emergency shelter in Lawton. Killmer said he hoped most of the people at the shelter would be able to return home Saturday night. Firefighters and city and county officials have been checking on elderly residents in their communities and keeping them informed, Killmer said. Kyla Campbell, Director for Communications for the Red Cross, asked those who live in areas without power to spread the word about shelters so communities will know they are being offered. Campbell said people should bring their own bedding as well as anything that makes them comfortable with them to shelters. “The morale remains pretty high in these areas. Oklahomans are always very resilient and they’re wonderful to keep their spirit up,” Campbell said. Ice accumulation on power lines has contributed to scattered power outages in the Oklahoma City area, city emergency manager Frank Barnes said. The Oklahoma City Fire Department is urging residents and businesses using generators to be careful and to keep them outside. “That’s the big concern now is if people are using generators in other parts of the state, they do produce carbon monoxide so you want to make sure they’re outside of the structure. Never use them inside or never use them even inside of a garage where those fumes could build up,” Oklahoma City Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said.