Oklahoma power outages force schools, businesses to close
DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Monday night's storm resulted in power outages across southeastern Oklahoma.
Atoka Public Schools administrators said they had to suspend classes on Tuesday due a lack of electricity.
In Durant, close to 2,000 customers were without power for a time from an outage first reported at 7:35 a.m. Students at George Washington Elementary School in Durant were sent home early Tuesday after power was cut to the campus.
Durant Emergency Management said North 1st Avenue between Gail Farrell Drive and Wilson Street was closed due to a power line that had fallen over the roadway.
As OG&E repaired power lines on North 1st, many businesses and residents suffered temporary outages. Some shops had to close as a result.
"We have to have electricity, because if you don't have any lights, you can't see where you're going, you can't turn anything on," said Joe Patton with Victory Home Health and Hospice. "So it's definitely harder for a business that needs all those things in place to do their job, but we'll get it all fixed."
As of late Tuesday afternoon, 895 OG&E customers in Bryan County were still waiting for the lights to come back on.