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RL3AO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 03:42 PM
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Major ice storm from Oklahoma to Illinois
Roads were treacherous Monday from the Plains into parts of the Northeast as a storm spread a coating of ice and freezing rain that blacked out more than a half-million homes and businesses.

At least 13 traffic deaths were linked to icy roads.

Oklahoma utilities said some 400,000 customers were blacked out as power lines snapped under the weight of ice and falling tree branches, and utilities in Missouri said more than 100,000 homes and business had no power there. Roughly 11,000 were blacked out in southern Illinois.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/10/winter.ice.sto...
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The dark purple are ice storm warnings.



Also, this interesting bulletin from the NWS Tulsa.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
247 PM CST MON DEC 10 2007

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE TULSA
AREA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.

SOME INTERSECTIONS MAY NOT YET HAVE TEMPORARY FOUR WAY STOP SIGNS.

CALL 911 FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT HANG
UP IF YOU CALL, YOUR CALL WILL BE ANSWERED.

THE TULSA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ON OPERATION SLICK STREETS. IF YOU
HAVE A NON INJURY ACCIDENT, DO NOT CALL 911. THE POLICE WILL NOT RESPOND.

ALL HOSPITALS EXCEPT THE OSU MEDICAL CENTER AND HILLCREST MEDICAL
CENTER ARE OPERATING ON BACK UP POWER. AEP-PSO HAS PRIORITIZED
RESTORING POWER TO HOSPITALS FIRST.

IT COULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS FOR THE POWER TO BE RESTORED TO ALL
HOMES.

DO NOT SEEK SHELTER FROM THE COLD AT AREA HOSPITALS.

SEEK SHELTER AT THE SALVATION ARMY DAY CENTER...102 NORTH
DENVER...THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH...403 SOUTH CINCINNATI...THE
COLLINSVILLE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH...1301 WEST MAIN...THE OLIVETTE
BAPTIST CHURCH IN SAND SPRINGS...155 NORTH 65TH WEST AVENUE...THE
NEW BEGINNINGS BAPTIST CHURCH IN BIXBY...4101 EAST 151ST STREET...THE
FREEDOM BAPTIST CHURCH IN OWASSO...96TH STREET NORTH AND 177TH EAST
AVENUE...AND THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SAPULPA...200 SOUTH ELM.

CITIZENS CAN CALL THE MAYORS ACTION LINE AT 596-2100. TO REPORT
DOWNED POWER LINES CALL 888-218-3919.

TO REQUEST TULSA TRANSIT LIFT SERVICE, CALL 625-5722.

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 03:50 PM
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1. Power out to how much of Tulsa?
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RL3AO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 03:52 PM
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3. I found a report of 26000 without power in Tulsa metro, plus airport has no power.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 03:51 PM
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2. 'DO NOT CALL 911. THE POLICE WILL NOT RESPOND'
Edited on Mon Dec-10-07 03:53 PM by Bluebear
Whoa. Sounds like the streets are impassable!
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 03:59 PM
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4. get generators now before its too late

Storms like that can keep power down for 2 weeks easy. Even a little generator to just power the frige, a couple of heaters, and lamps can make a world of difference.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 04:47 PM
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5. I'm in Tulsa
Streets are very passable - that's the weird thing. The ground temperature was high enough that the ice didn't stick to the ground so it stuck to the trees, power lines, etc. A lot of power is still off. I work for the company that handles the website for Tulsa airports, and I had to turn off the auto-update functionality on arrivals and departures as changes were coming in quicker than the time frame for updating the info.

Power went out on my side of town at around 8:30 p.m. last night, snapped back at 1:30 a.m. (I know because when my power goes off and then on, the burglar alarm goes off) and went off again 5 minutes later. Work had power so I went in at 9:30, but before I did, I was clearing my driveway of branches that had snapped off my tree and went inside to get a pair of gloves, and when I approached the door again, a hundred pound branch fell onto the spot where I had just been.

Fortunately, I have a fireplace so I'll be getting that going tonight if I still don't have power.

TlalocW
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-11-07 07:40 AM
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6. Good luck, good luck.
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