The Latest: 11,000 without power in Oklahoma after ice storm

     (AP) – A winter storm that brought sleet and freezing rain to

parts of the central U.S. has left more than 11,000 electric customers without

power in Oklahoma, nearly all in northwest Oklahoma.

     Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said Sunday that

the county is likely the hardest hit and thousands of residents remain without


     Combined numbers from Oklahoma Gas and Electric and Northwestern Electric

Cooperative show about 3,600 customers in Woodward County, nearly 1,900 in

Harper County and about 1,400 in Ellis County had no electricity. Electric

co-ops across the state reported more than 9,000 outages. OG&E reported more

than 2,600.

     Lehenbauer said as some power is restored, the ice that’s bent tree limbs

begins to melt and the limbs snap back into place, sometimes knocking down

additional power lines.



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