UPDATE: 3,567 power outages reported in Oklahoma Thursday morning as high winds continue

Power outages are reported in Oklahoma with wind gusts near 40 mph and temperatures in the low-30s. High winds will last until Thursday afternoon.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 20, 2012 at 8:09 am •  Published: December 20, 2012

8 a.m. Crews are working to restore power to thousands of Oklahomans Thursday morning. High winds are expected to continue into the afternoon, the National Weather Service reports. There are 1,302 electric customers in north Oklahoma City without power, reports Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. The OG&E website shows 2,205 customers without power across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and 3,567 customers without power statewide.

7:30 a.m. High wind gusts continue across central Oklahoma as much of the state remains under a wind advisory Thursday morning. There are 1,698 electric customers without power in north Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. website shows. There are 2,233 electric customers without power across the Oklahoma City area and 3,515 power outages statewide. Traffic lights are out in several places across Oklahoma City and tree limbs and downed power lines have been reported. Winds are gusting near 35 mph with the temperature at 32 degrees, the National Weather Service reports.

6:45 a.m. Power lines are down in Bethany at NW 21 and Mueller Avenue, a police dispatcher reports. Traffic barricades have been put up to keep motorists away. Tree branches and limbs are in streets in parts of Oklahoma City, according to police radio reports. Power outages continue to increase in high winds as Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. crews try to respond to reports of downed lines and outages.

6:30 a.m. There are 1,622 power outages reported in north Oklahoma City Thursday morning, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. website shows. There are 2,142 electric customers without power in the Oklahoma City area and 2,653 customers statewide without power as high winds are expected to continue through the afternoon. The temperature dipped to 34 degrees at 6:30 a.m. in Oklahoma City with wind gusts near 40 mph, the National Weather Service reports. Trees have been blown over in northeast Oklahoma City, according to Oklahoma City police radio reports.

5:20 a.m. Gusty winds and power outages are reported across the Oklahoma City area Thursday.