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Another cold day in Oklahoma with power still out for many

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: January 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm •  Published: January 31, 2010

Power still out for many

The state Emergency Management Department reported more than 92,450 utility customers were without power at 12:30 p.m., and some will remain without electricity for days.

Authorities expect outage numbers to spike briefly during the day as melting ice causes problems with power lines, but the overall number of outages should decline, Ooten said.

The entire city of Altus was still without power this morning, a county emergency management spokeswoman said. Officials hope to have power available to the city by tonight, but it could take three days to restore power to each residence and business. Hospitals and emergency centers will have power turned on first.

A shelter is still open at the Altus Community Center, the spokeswoman said.

About 24,000 customers remained without power this morning Comanche County, said Chris Killmer, county spokesman. About 16,500 were in Lawton, only about 300 fewer than Saturday night.

Shelters in Comanche County are still open at Cameron Baptist Church in Lawton, the Cache Multi-Purpose Complex, the Elgin fire department and the Medicine Park Community Center.

More than 12,000 customers in Grady County remained without power this morning, many in Chickasha, county Emergency Manager Dale Thompson said this morning. A shelter at the Grady County fairgrounds will remain open to county residents in need of a hot meal or a place to warm up or sleep as long as it is needed.

Road conditions improving after overnight re-freeze

Conditions on state roadways continued to slowly improve today after a re-freeze last night, Ooten said.

Snow plows, salt and sand trucks and other machinery continued to work on highways and roadways throughout the affected area, officials said.

Highway patrol troopers have assisted more than 600 motorists in the last two days, Ooten said.

Airport’s schedule thaws out

Will Rogers World Airport has begun to return to normal operations after last week’s winter storm interrupted service for two days. Conditions at the airport prevented planes from arriving Friday, which led to the cancellation of early flights,

Carney said. But runways are clear and airplanes have begun to travel to and from the city. That doesn’t mean flights won’t be delayed, Carney said. The storm has moved east and Carney

advised travelers to contact their airlines to check on flights. Over a three-day period, the storm caused more than 200 cancellations.

AARON CRESPO, Staff Writer


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