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Power Companies Prepare for Possible Outages


Of course, it was around Christmas of 2000, when Oklahoma and Texas dealt with that massive ice storm. You remember, massive power outages, hundreds of power poles that just snapped because of the weight of the ice and falling tree limbs. Meredith Saldana has more about how the power companies are preparing this time around.

Indications are that hopefully, this ice event won't be anything like we saw ten years ago.

But just incase, we checked with the folks at OG&E Tuesday afternoon.

They say, they prepare for anything.

Right now, with the sunshine and relatively warm weather, there's really no problem with the power lines.

But what happens is, when the ice builds up on the lines, a small stretch can add up to five hundred pounds to those lines.

Then add the winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour.

When they start whipping around, those lines just snap.

Add to that, weight of the ice on surrounding tree limbs falling and crews with the power companies have double duty to get your power back on.

Gene Fryer with OG&E in Ardmore tells me OG&E employees will be on standby, just in case there are any power outages.

He also says employees are prepared to travel where ever they may be needed if there are outages, to help get power restored as soon as possible.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News