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Newkirk going powerless ... for a few hours

Oklahoman Published: March 19, 2013
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photo - ICE STORM, AFTERMATH, POWER OUTAGE: Ben Hoffert checks on a small generator at his Bethany, Okla., home on Friday, December 14, 2007. Hoffert and his family have been living without power at the home since Sunday. They have been able to run small appliances off a borrowed generator for the last two days. By Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
ICE STORM, AFTERMATH, POWER OUTAGE: Ben Hoffert checks on a small generator at his Bethany, Okla., home on Friday, December 14, 2007. Hoffert and his family have been living without power at the home since Sunday. They have been able to run small appliances off a borrowed generator for the last two days. By Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

NEWKIRK -- In northern Oklahoma, having one's electrical service knocked off by a storm is not that unusual.

But the Kay County seat of Newkirk is facing something a little different this weekend. The entire city is expected to be without power for about five hours.



The Newkirk Herald Journal reports that a planned outage will occur between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., if all goes well.

Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority officials say the move is necessary to replace a transmission pole at the city's substation site.

City officials told the newspaper: "We will do everything we can to ensure that power is promptly restored once the pole has been replaced.

"This is a necessary repair that needs to be done on the transmission line and could not be worked under hot conditions."


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