Power outages linger for Oklahomans after weekend storms

OKLAHOMA CITY--At the height of this weekend’s storms, tens of thousands of people across Oklahoma were without power.

By Monday afternoon, that number for OG&E was closer to 4,000.

But those unlucky ones left in that predicament were growing weary.

At the Manners household on N.W. 18th, they had resorted to using a generator to at least keep the food in the refrigerator from spoiling.

“Right now it’s the refrigerator so that we don’t lose frozen food. It’s TV and cable so that we get information and entertainment,” said Tom Manners.

The entire family of 6 huddled in one part of the house just waiting to get the power back.

Ainsley Manners, who is in first grade, said it got really dark in the house once the sun went down.

“Are you hoping it comes back on soon?” we asked her. “Yes!” she said. “How much longer can you do this?” we asked. “Not for long,” said Ainsley. “You’re just about at your wit’s end?” we asked her. “Yes, I’m about to fall off the edge,” she replied as she dissolved into giggles.

Just down 18th street, neighbors were helping neighbors.

The north side of the street had gotten their power back, while the south side was still in the dark.

“We are so happy to have the power back,” said Selfy DeLeon.

So DeLeon pulled an extension cord across the street to her neighbor, Erin Koos, who was still without power.

“The guy, he said, hey I have a really long extension cord. We can just hook up, bring it over here and you can put it in the house and hook up whatever you want to it,” said Koos. “I keep going around and flipping the light switches and I’m like ok, it’s not going to work!”

Residents on the northeast side of town were also still without power Monday.

Agnes Hastings went to stay with her son but said she was growing frustrated.

“Yes, because I want to go to my house!” she said.

OG&E officials tell us they have more than 500 workers in the field plus an additional 150 tree trimmers.

They tell us they lost more than 300 power poles in the storm.

They’re hoping to have everyone’s power restored by Tuesday.