Wintry weather blamed for eight recent deaths in Oklahoma

Wintry weather has claimed the lives of eight people in Oklahoma, and daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s until Thursday in Oklahoma City, officials said.
by Matt Dinger Published: December 10, 2013
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Wintry weather has claimed the lives of eight people in Oklahoma, officials said, and daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s until Thursday in Oklahoma City.

Hypothermia killed a 77-year-old woman in Altus, and a 6-year-old boy lost his life after falling through ice in a Tulsa creek. A 56-year-old man was killed in a Tulsa house fire, and Westville man of unknown age died after a propane stove fire, said Keli Cain, state emergency management spokeswoman.

A 43-year-old man died of undetermined causes in Oklahoma City, she said.

Three people also died from injuries suffered in wrecks, including an 85-year-old Oklahoma City man and a 5-year-old boy killed in a Muskogee crash. An 18-year-old man died in a Tulsa wreck, Cain said.

As of Monday afternoon, 3,600 homes and businesses were without power, most of them in southeastern parts of the state.

Forecast

Temperatures are only expected to reach the mid-30s across the state Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, temperatures in the low 20s and teens are forecast.

In Oklahoma City, highs in the 40s are forecast on Thursday and Friday, but there is a 20 percent chance of freezing rain overnight Thursday. A 30 percent chance of rain is also forecast on Friday, with a high near 44 degrees, the weather service said.

A state of emergency for Oklahoma remains in effect. Roads are still slick in spots nearly statewide, with thoroughfares in far northeastern Oklahoma considered slick and hazardous, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Oklahomans seeking nonemergency disaster or health information are encouraged to call 211.


by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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