PSO Crews in Texas Helping With Damage from Hurricane Harvey

An estimated 300 utility workers for Public Service Company of Oklahoma headed Friday to south Texas to assist with repairs following the arrival of Hurricane Harvey.

Most were workers from Tulsa, McAlester and Lawton areas. Some were line and tree crews wile engineers also were sent to stage Friday night in San Antonio to await directions to where they would be sent after the Friday night arrival of the storm.

Some places in south Texas were expected to get 2 to 3 feet of rainfall from the storm. While damage from 120 to 130 mile an hour winds was expected, the flooding could cause even more damage.

Before the arrival of Harvey, the storm had an impact on oil and gasoline prices. Oil prices rose Friday as some refineries in Texas were closed before the storm.

West Texas Intermediate crude rose 24 cents early in the day to reach $47.67 a barrel. Brent crude was up 45 cents at $52.49.

The storm caused a halt to an estimated 10 percent of offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude output by Thursday. An estimated 15 percent of natural gas production had been stopped as well.