NORMAN, Okla. – Strong storms caused a restless night for many Oklahoma residents across the state, and now we’re getting a better picture of how strong those storms were.
When the storms moved through the Piedmont area, officials tell News 4 that at least 10 power lines were damaged.
The National Weather Service said there were reports of several stalled cars and water rescues in the Oklahoma City metro. Shortly before 7 a.m., fire crews were called to rescue a stranded driver near S.W. 25th and May due to a flooded roadway.
Once the storms moved through the area, the University of Oklahoma took a look at how many lightning strikes occurred in the area around campus.
According to OU Emergency Prep, an 8-mile lightning safety radius around the center of campus recorded more than 11, 000 lightning strikes between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
That 8-mile lightning safety radius around the center of our campus got a workout today. There were 11,259 total lightning strikes between 2am and 10am this morning. #OUSafe (Thanks @WeatherDecTech ) pic.twitter.com/p9AdREK0fl
— OU Campus Safety (@OUemergencyprep) August 8, 2018