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Oklahoma City area storms knock out power to 20,000, some homes evacuated

Thunderstorms passing through the Oklahoma City area knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers, and several homes in far northwest Oklahoma City were evacuated after power lines fell on them.

Oklahoma County emergency manager David Barnes said some roofs lost shingles, but no major damage or injuries were reported with Tuesday's storms.

Firefighters evacuated six homes near NW 164 and MacArthur Boulevard when power lines toppled on top of the houses about 6 p.m. Those residents will not be allowed home until the lines and fallen poles have been removed, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman Kathleen O'Shea said.

At least 11 people were evacuated from the homes, but downed power lines did not spark fires at any of the homes, according to fire radio traffic.

MacArthur Boulevard was closed Tuesday evening between NW 160 and NW 164. NW 164 was closed from MacArthur Boulevard to Meridian Avenue, but residents were being let back into their homes about sundown, police said.

The power should be restored to the majority of customers overnight, but residents near the NW 164 and MacArthur area are expected to be without power for 24 to 48 hours from Tuesday night, O'Shea said.

Wednesday morning, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. website shows 1,350 customers in north Oklahoma City remain without power.

The power poles must be righted and power lines repaired between them. Crews were attempting to reroute as much electricity as possible to the area Tuesday night, and crews returning from repairing damage from the Drumright wildfire will be able to assist in restoration efforts Wednesday morning, she said.

At 7 p.m., more than 14,300 customers in Piedmont were without power, as well as 2,800 in Warr Acres, according to the OG&E System Watch website.

Additional outages were reported in Del City, Edmond, Guthrie, north Oklahoma City and The Village, which brought the total number of outages to more than 20,000 customers in the metro area.

By 10:30 p.m., just more than 2,700 customers were still without power.

The storms also tore down an awning at a shopping strip near NW 50 and Portland Avenue. Downed power poles, tree branches on power lines and dead traffic lights were reported across the city, and in Piedmont and The Village.

The maximum wind gust recorded Tuesday in the metro area was 36 mph at the east Oklahoma Mesonet site. Tuesday's highest wind gust was 58 mph, recorded at Beaver in the Panhandle.

At the north Oklahoma City Mesonet site, 0.27 of an inch of rain was recorded, and 0.24 of an inch fell on the east Oklahoma site.

There is a 20 percent chance of rain in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature is forecast to be 101 degrees.

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A metal utility pole snapped in the wind and damaged this house at NW 164 and Stillmeadows Drive. Photo by Robert Medley

A metal utility pole snapped in the wind and damaged this house at NW 164 and Stillmeadows Drive. Photo by Robert Medley

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