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Storm leaves widespread power outages in northwest Oklahoma

January 15, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A winter storm that brought sleet and freezing rain to parts of the central U.S. has left nearly 10,000 electric customers without power across Oklahoma, with most of those in northwestern Oklahoma.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said Sunday that Woodward County is likely the hardest hit and that thousands of residents are without electricity.

Combined numbers from Oklahoma Gas and Electric and Northwestern Electric Cooperative show about 3,500 without power in Woodward County and more than 1,600 in neighboring Ellis County had no electricity. Electric co-ops across the state reported more than 6,500 outages while OG&E reported more than 3,000.

Lehenbauer said there are no deaths or injuries reported and the power outages plus travel conditions that were slick, then becoming muddy are the biggest issues.

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