Thunderstorms that blew through the area on Monday night brought strong winds and heavy rain, leaving disruption in their wake by the next morning.
Power outages were the most wide-reaching issue on Tuesday, with OG&E reporting about 1,700 Norman customers without power that morning and more than 1,200 by the late afternoon. Cleveland County Courthouse and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office were closed all day due to lack of power.
Outages also forced Norman Public Schools to close Kennedy Elementary School and Irving Middle School for the day. All other schools ran as scheduled.
“We appreciate your patience and understanding as crews work to restore power to these schools,” a district spokesperson said. “We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”
In Moore, six elementary schools — Bryant, Timber Creek, Broadmoore, Fisher, Northmoor and Heritage Trails — canceled classes for the day because of power outages.
The National Weather Service reported 80 mile-per-hour winds and flooding rain with the storm as the front moved out of Oklahoma City and into the Moore and Norman area. While power lines and trees felt the full impact, Norman Fire Department Emergency Manager officer David Grizzle said no structural damage was reported in Norman.
“For the most part, it was vegetative debris,” Grizzle said. “We don’t have anything major or any structural damage reported at this time.”
Grizzle said some roads were temporarily closed during the night for flooding but were reopened by the morning.
Much of the damage was found further north, with more trees and billboards blown over and power lines impacted in the Oklahoma City metro area. At one point, more than 117,000 OG&E customers were without power due to storms across Oklahoma and into Arkansas.