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High winds are high talk around town.

"It's crazy wind," said one man at Lake Hefner. "I mean, look at the water."

"Today, it's gusting well over 40, I think," said another, standing nearby. "And, it seems to be picking up."


As the winds rolled across Oklahoma, fires and power outages caused problems for first responders.

Students were evacuated out of Jones Middle School after a power pole snapped, leaning over the school with live wires attached.

Officials believe the wind is to blame.

"The school did an amazing job of evacuating very quickly," said Shane Wilson, assistant chief with the Jones Fire Department. "Students were out of the school and gone in 20 minutes."


On a lighter note, the wind seemed to have also affected people putting gas into their cars.

And, at Lake Hefner, choppy water seemed to be too much for sailboats.

But, that same surf was just right for some brave kite surfers, like Daniel Nicholson.

"Today, it's crazy," Nicholson said. "There's a handful of us out here that are crazy enough to go out."

Daniel met with NewsChannel 4 moments before he hit the water, giving his thoughts and fears on "hanging 10" in the middle of the metro.

"Oh yeah," he said. "Someone tells you they're not scared, they're lying."


Despite the high fire danger, the majority of the state remained in the clear.

Only a handful of small fires were reported in the metro throughout the day.