OGE adds more workers to restore power lost in tornadoes


The tornadoes and severe weather that hit central Oklahoma in the past week left so much extensive damage that Oklahoma Gas & Electric increased its number of crews to 2,800 to help restore power.

By Friday night, about 60% of customer power had been restored from a peak of 23,000 that lost power Wednesday night when tornadoes left heavy damage to Shawnee and Cole. By Saturday, power restoration was up to 70%. Three persons died around the McClain County town of Cole.

The storm damage is extensive reported OG&E. Crews have identified more than 600 broken power poles, 110 damaged transmission structures, cross arms and other equipment attached to poles.  

By Monday, the utility expected 96% of its customers to have power restored.