Severe storms leave more than 100,000 without power in Tulsa area

A line of severe thunderstorms blew across northeast Oklahoma late Tuesday and early Wednesday, with winds in excess of 70 mph reported, knocking out power to tens of thousands.

BY STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World Modified: July 24, 2013 at 6:20 am •  Published: July 24, 2013
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A line of severe thunderstorms blew across northeast Oklahoma late Tuesday and early Wednesday, with winds in excess of 70 mph reported, knocking out power to tens of thousands.

American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported more than 63,000 customers without power across the service area, including 100,000 in Tulsa county alone as of 5 a.m.

An apparent lightning strike sparked a fire at Union 8th Grade Center, with firefighters able to contain most of the blaze to the exterior. Another fire was reported at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Tulsa, though crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and no evacuations were required. A lightning strike was also blamed for a fire that displaced family of four in the 4200 block of East 83rd Street about 12:30 a.m.

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