An overnight storm with reported wind speeds of more than 70mph has knocked out power to more than 10,000 customers and caused widespread structural damage in and around the Ada area.
Area law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency crews all encountered downed trees and limbs blocking roadways in the early morning hours Wednesday as first responders scrambled to assess the storm’s damage.
OG&E reported 6,617 customers without power in Ada and hundreds more without power in Byng, Francis, Konawa, Stonewall and Stratford. More than 4,500 OG&E customers in Pauls Valley were also without power. People’s Electric Cooperative reported 4,286 customers without power overnight in Pontotoc County.
Power outages resulted in intermittent communication problems for Ada’s Central Dispatch facility, temporarily causing Ada police to have to use the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office frequency in order to maintain contact with the facility.
Roadways remain blocked by downed power lines, fallen trees and limbs throughout the Ada area. Streetlights are not functioning in certain locations.
Caution is advised on area roadways.