Ice storm leaves thousands of Oklahomans in the dark

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Updated 1:56 p.m.: OG&E now has more power outages than they did this morning. There are 70,938 customers without power.

Edmond Electric has nearly 38,300 people without electricity, Cimarron Electric has more than 4,000 homes down, and Caddo Electric has 311.

PSO is down to 3,610 customers in the dark, from nearly 7,500 this morning.

OKLAHOMA — Power outages from the ice storm have left many Oklahomans in the dark.

Sunday afternoon, there were 70,952 Oklahoma Gas & Electric customers without power, many of those are in and around the metro.

Click here to see a map of the affected areas.

Around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, OG&E had 759 crew members on the ground working to get the power back on.

Nearly 7,500 people who use the Public Service Company of Oklahoma were without power Sunday morning.

PSO had 385 workers working to restore power late Saturday night.

Click here to see a map of the affected areas.

With winter weather coming around more often, there are some steps you can take to make life without power a little bit easier. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross about how to handle a power outage.

  • During a power outage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator, then use food from the freezer.
  • If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items. Keep other foods in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.  Also turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.

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