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April 17, 2011

Power outages reported in Chickasha

— High winds Friday played havoc with more than hairstyles and residents trying to stay upright while outdoors.

The winds caused power outages “all over Southwest Oklahoma,” including Chickasha and parts of Grady County, said Public Service of Oklahoma spokesman Ed Bettinger.

At one time Friday, there were about 5,000 PSO customers without power. By mid-afternoon Friday, crews had restored power to all but 2,316 of those, including 381 in Chickasha.

Chickasha Municipal Airport reported wind speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour through much of the day, gusting to 45 mph.

Grady County Emergency Management Deputy Director Paulette Nicholas said one afternoon reading from equipment on top of the courthouse clocked a wind speed of 62 miles per hour.

Elsewhere in Southwest Oklahoma, Bettinger said he had heard reports of wind speeds nearing 80 mph.

The power outages in large part were being caused by trees blowing into power lines and, in some instances, pole breaks, Bettinger said.

“It’s been a matter of damage to our system out there,” he said, “mostly on the transmission side. Now we are getting to distribution problems.”

According to Dee Davis, manager of PSO’s distribution system, the utility was bringing in additional resources to help out. Officials were expecting to restore power to all customers by 10 p.m. Friday.       

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