Thursday, July 25, 2013

Heavy Rain Tonight & Friday to Delay Storm Recovery in the Tulsa Area...

As mentioned at the time on facebook and twitter, severe thunderstorms produced widespread wind damage across the Tulsa area on Tuesday Night / early Wednesday morning.  

At one point early yesterday nearly 100,000 customers were without power in the Tulsa metro area.  That number has been shaved back to about 45,000 as of this morning, according to AEP/PSO:

The company is currently projecting that 95% of customers will have power back by 5pm on Saturday, however I'm concerned that weather conditions tonight and Friday are not being factored into the equation.

Unfortunately, at this time it appears that several rounds of shower and thunderstorm activity will take place across the area, with several high resolution computer forecast models suggesting 2-4 inches of rain likely for the period tonight through 7pm CDT on Friday:

Hopefully crews will get far enough ahead of the game today so that the impact will be minimized, but there seems little doubt that recovery efforts as whole will be slowed way down across the area on Friday.

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