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Another cold night in Oklahoma; 7 deaths reported

By Michael Kimball, mkimball@opubco.com Modified: January 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm •  Published: January 31, 2010

Crews have also responded to 99 motor vehicle accidents since the storm hit Thursday.

Power still out for many

The state Emergency Management Department reported about 79,393 utility customers were still without power at 9:00 p.m.

Nearly 9,000 customers in Chickasha and more than 15,000 customers in Lawton were among the 30,871 Public Service Company of Oklahoma customers without power Sunday afternoon, the Public Service Company of Oklahoma said.

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority reported about 15,000 customers were without power, including 9,300 in Altus.

The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives reported 30,847 customers were without power, including more than 9,600 served by Walters-based Cotton Electric, 6,200 in Binger-based Caddo Electric and 3,800 in Lindsay-based Rural Electric.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported 2,729 customers without power. The company has closed walk-up centers in Ada, Seminole and Pauls Valley.

The entire city of Altus was still without power, 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.

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, 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 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.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had worked 568 storm related crashes, including 120 involving injury, since the storm began.


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