Powerful storms left damage in parts of Oklahoma.
Storm sirens were sounding in Tulsa as storms packing up to 100 mile per hour winds pushed through. There are reports of trees and powerlines being knocked down throughout the area, but so far no reports of injuries. More than 320,000 homes and businesses were without power this morning. More than 170,000 of the outages are in Tulsa.
PSO issued the following statement:
Customers in PSO’s service areas are experiencing outages due to significant damage caused by severe storms late Saturday into early Sunday morning. PSO crews and contractors are working through the night to repair damage where weather and safety conditions allow. Additional crews are in route to assist.
Downed trees, power lines and other damage are creating potentially hazardous conditions. Please assume any downed utility line is energized, stay away from the line and do not touch it with anything. Call 1-833-776-6884 (1-833-PSO-OUTG) to report an outage or safety hazard like downed wires, downed poles or trees that have fallen on power lines.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said reports were coming into the Emergency Operations Center of trees and power lines down across the city and a few related fires. Bynum said crews were clearing roadways and crews were busy restoring power, although it could take a few days to get everyone's service restored.
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin urged motorists not to cross downed lines and not to drive on streets until everything has been cleared.
Some churches canceled services due to power outages.
The Gathering Place is closed due to storm damage.
Jenks PD non-emergency phone lines are currently down. 911 is still operating.
Cooling stations were activated in Tulsa at the following locations:
- Reed Park Community Center, 4233 S. Yukon Ave., from 2 – 8 p.m.
- Lacy Park Community Center, 2134 N. Madison Pl., from 2 – 8 p.m.
- John 3:16, 506 N. Cheyenne Ave.
- Salvation Army, 102 N. Denver Ave.
- Tulsa County Social Services, 2301 Charles Page Blvd.