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December 22, 2013

1,300 without power in Norman , 500 power outages in Noble

NORMAN — Another round of winter weather in Oklahoma arrived just in time for the winter solstice, leaving a couple thousand in the county without power and crews cleaning up tree limbs because of the ice.

OG&E spokesperson Karen Kurtz reported about 1,300 without power in Norman Saturday afternoon with an additional 500 power outages in Noble and 130 in Moore.

“We do have crews working in the area to get everyone restored and get (power) up as quickly and safely as we possibly can,” Kurtz said.

Many of the power outages were scattered throughout Norman with causes ranging from lines down, circuits out and some transformer issues, she said.

If there is anyone with their power out, Kurtz encouarged them to call OG&E at 405-272-9595 with a reminder to not touch anything and let crews handle the situation.

OEC communications specialist Patti Rogers said they had about 2,000 people without power and have lost a few electric poles due to the ice.

“The ice is taking down the lines and bringing trees down into the lines,” Rogers said. “(Power) went out last night and has been out all day today.”

Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said they had been responding to a lot of ice-related calls due to the power lines and trees.

“The road not being frozen is fantastic,” Bailey said. “It doesn’t appear to be as significant as the ice storm in 2007 so we were fortunate it didn’t get quite as cold as the weather service was talking about.”

Bailey said the fire department had not responded to more medical calls than usual.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Gallant said they expect the Norman area received close to an inch of accumulation from the freezing rain.

More freezing rain and light snow was expected to continue Saturday night ending sometime around midnight.

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