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About 126,000 without power across Oklahoma

BY DARLA SLIPKE AND AARON CRESPO Modified: January 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm •  Published: January 30, 2010

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.

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