Oklahoma City area storms knock out power to 20,000, some homes evacuated

Downed power lines caused traffic blockages, but no major damage or injuries were reported in the Oklahoma City area.
By Matt Dinger Modified: August 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm •  Published: August 7, 2012

Thunderstorms passing through the Oklahoma City area knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers, and several homes in far northwest Oklahoma City were evacuated after power lines fell on them.

Oklahoma County emergency manager David Barnes said some roofs lost shingles, but no major damage or injuries were reported with Tuesday's storms.

Firefighters evacuated six homes near NW 164 and MacArthur Boulevard when power lines toppled on top of the houses about 6 p.m. Those residents will not be allowed home until the lines and fallen poles have been removed, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman Kathleen O'Shea said.

At least 11 people were evacuated from the homes, but downed power lines did not spark fires at any of the homes, according to fire radio traffic.

MacArthur Boulevard was closed Tuesday evening between NW 160 and NW 164. NW 164 was closed from MacArthur Boulevard to Meridian Avenue, but residents were being let back into their homes about sundown, police said.

The power should be restored to the majority of customers overnight, but residents near the NW 164 and MacArthur area are expected to be without power for 24 to 48 hours from Tuesday night, O'Shea said.

Wednesday morning, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. website shows 1,350 customers in north Oklahoma City remain without power.

The power poles must be righted and power lines repaired between them. Crews were attempting to reroute as much electricity as possible to the area Tuesday night, and crews returning from repairing damage from the Drumright wildfire will be able to assist in restoration efforts Wednesday morning, she said.

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