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April showers bring down the power in Oklahoma City metro

by Adam Kemp Published: April 11, 2013

A freak blast of cold weather on Wednesday left Mary Lu Kraft's front yard looking like an April tornado had blown through instead of an ice storm.

Downed tree limbs covered in ice and frozen hedges surrounded Kraft's house in Quail Creek. She‘s lived in the area for nearly 30 years and said she has learned that just when you think spring is around the corner, Mother Nature usually has a few surprises left.

“I was smart and waited to plant my spring flowers this year,” Kraft said. “Not much you can do when you're at the hands of Mother Nature. We go from picnic weather one day to coat and hats the next.”

More than 1.5 inches of rain combined with freezing temperatures produced hazardous results for trees and power lines across the metro area. More than 4,200 customers were still without power Wednesday evening according to Oklahoma Gas and Electric. More than 1,000 customers were without power in Edmond earlier in the day, but Edmond Electric had restored everyone's service.

Schools throughout the northwest part of the state closed Wednesday and many evening church services and night classes were canceled too.

Lara O'Leary from Emergency Medical Services Authority said only a few people had been transported to hospitals due to weather-related injuries. One man was treated for hypothermia after his scooter got stuck and he was trapped outside.

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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