Thousands of homes and businesses in Oklahoma remain without power as a lingering effect of a storm that has coated power lines and trees in ice.
As of 3:30 p.m., Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. reported that nearly 3,700 customers were without power, including nearly 2,944 in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported that 767 customers in Tulsa County were without power.
Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, which provides service to all 77 counties in the state, reported more than 4,000 customers without power in an area stretching from Hollis in southwestern Oklahoma to Blackwell in northern Oklahoma and from Marietta in southern Oklahoma to Stigler in the eastern part of the state.
As many as 3,200 customers in Norman lost power when Oklahoma Electric Cooperative in Norman lost a substation, said Sid Sperry, an OAEC spokesman.
Recent ice storms encased power lines and tree limbs across the state. When temperatures rose above freezing Tuesday, melting ice caused tree limbs — free of added weight — to bounce up and into power lines, resulting in outages, said Sid Sperry, spokesman for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.
“This is very normal once ice starts to come off power lines or tree limbs,” said Sperry, adding that the power should be restored to customers within 12 to 24 hours.