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Power outages reach 141,941 in Oklahoma

Staff Writers Modified: January 29, 2010 at 6:39 am •  Published: January 28, 2010

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.

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