Hurricane Sandy's effects reach Oklahomans

Oklahoma utilities send crews to help with restore power after Hurricane Sandy; 3 nonstop flights to affected area are canceled; and stock watchers will be put on hold as New York Stock Exchange closes for a second straight day Tuesday.
Published: October 30, 2012
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In brief

Utilities send storm crews

Oklahoma utilities have sent several crews to the East Coast to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. sent a 60-person storm team to help Maryland's Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., said OG&E spokesman Brian Alford. OG&E also mobilized 69 contract lineman and 90 tree trimmers. Public Service Co., a unit of Ohio-based American Electric Power, sent about 70 employees and contractors from Tulsa, McAlester and Lawton over the weekend to Wytheville, Va. They were expected to arrive Monday evening and receive their assignments there, said Stan Whiteford, PSO's spokesman.

3 flights to coast halted

Three nonstop flights to the East Coast were canceled at Will Rogers World Airport on Monday because of Hurricane Sandy — to Baltimore, Newark, N.J., and Washington's Dulles International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said. Tuesday's flight schedule hadn't yet been updated, but it will likely be the same, she said. Travelers planning trips to the East Coast should rebook through their airline.

From Staff Reports

Markets closed

— Remember when President Grover Cleveland ran for a second consecutive term, Jack the Ripper spread terror in London and Kaiser Wilhelm II became German emperor? Yes, it's been that long. On Monday, shortly after midday, the New York Stock Exchange announced it would close stock trading for a second day Tuesday because of weather. The last time trading was halted for two consecutive days because of weather was in 1888. This time, instead of snow drifts 40 feet high, water threatens to crest between 6 and 11 feet.

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