More than 141,941 utility customers were without power in Oklahoma Friday morning nearly doubling the number of affected customers since the sun went down.
More than 67,000 customers were without power at 5:30 p.m., according to state emergency management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten. That number jumped to over 141,941 by 5:00 a.m., she said.
More than 55,000 Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives customers in southwestern, south central and central Oklahoma were without power as of 9:30 p.m., Ooten said.
Nearly 44,000 customers on the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma network in western Oklahoma were also without power about 9:30 p.m., spokesman Stan Whiteford said. Outages in Chickasha, Hobart and Lawton were affecting more than 37,000 customers, he said.
Power is not expected to be returned to PSO customers in these areas until Monday night, according to the PSO Web site.
"I do know that the situation is particularly bleak in some areas. I know we are particularly hard-hit in Hobart and Lawton and Chickasha and in some places out in the west... for as far as you can see, there are downed power poles," spokeswoman Andrea Chancellor said.
Whiteford said crews from less affected areas like Tulsa will be sent to assist in western Oklahoma today, and about 1,000 additional workers were brought into the state Thursday to assist with restoration efforts.
More than 18,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. customers were without power at 9:45 p.m., including about 2,000 without power in the cities of Colbert, Holdenville, and Stratford.
Over 26,000 customers were without power for parts of Thursday night, including more than 9,000 in Yukon and 3,800 in Pauls Valley, according to the OG&E System Watch. Yukon later showed no outages and Pauls Valley had lestt than a thousand.
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority reported almost 12,000 outages, including about 8,900 customers in Duncan and another 2,300 in Marlow, Ooten said.
The NOAA all-hazards radio broadcast in Lawton will be off the air for an undetermined amount of time due to equipment damaged in the story, according to a report to the National Weather Service.