High winds, heavy rain hit Oklahoma
Thunderstorms popped up in Oklahoma City area. At one time, 11,000 customers lost power in Bethany and Oklahoma City during the morning. Parts of Pottawatomie County received more than 4 inches of rain.
Heavy rain and high winds hit parts of Oklahoma Tuesday, breaking a spell of hot temperatures and dry conditions while also causing some power outages in the Oklahoma City area.
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It was a lot like a spring storm for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. workers, said spokesman Tim Hartley.
Hartley said about 7:30 a.m. there were 11,000 customers without power from Bethany to Shawnee. Power was later restored.
"We did have a few problems with trees in power lines but we didn't have any widespread damage or power lines blown down," Hartley said.
The storms peaked not long after polls opened for runoff elections.
Doug Sanderson, Oklahoma County Election Board secretary, said there were about 10 Oklahoma City area precincts that started the morning without power, but people marked their ballots anyway.
Winds up to 60 mph were reported in Carter County, the National Weather Service reported.
Rain amounts varied widely, with Shawnee receiving 4.59 inches of rain Tuesday, according to Oklahoma Mesonet figures. Other places received nothing at all. Portions of Carter County got more than 3 inches of rain while Cherokee in Alfalfa County had about 2 inches, Mesonet data shows.
Norman had slightly more than a half-inch of rain while Oklahoma City areas had 0.27 to 0.38 inches, Mesonet figures showed.
The rains brought cooler temperatures, which are expected to remain today.
Today is expected to be dry, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
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