Power outages minimal around area
BY ROBERT EVATT World Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
1/29/12 at 7:31 AM
Though the foot-plus of snow has brought transportation to a standstill in the Tulsa area, it's had little effect on electrical services.
Andrea Chancellor, spokesman for AEP/PSO, said there were 2,000 homes without power as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The bulk of those were in the McAlester area and southeastern Oklahoma. The Tulsa area had just 30.
"The biggest challenge has been just getting our crews there on the slick roads," Chancellor said.
Though ice storms are notorious for dragging down power lines, snow storms don't cause as much damage, said Stan Whiteford, another spokesman for American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
No natural gas outages have been reported to Oklahoma Natural Gas Co., said Don Sherry, manager of communications.
However, consumption has skyrocketed as Oklahomans try to keep warm. ONG anticipates that, from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday, it will deliver 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, Sherry said.
By comparison, during last Saturday, when highs were in the 70s, the company delivered 478 million cubic feet.
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