High winds and lightning swept through the Ardmore area Tuesday morning, knocking out power briefly for close to 2,000 households. More storms may be on tap for today.
Mother Nature and mythical Thor put on an early Tuesday morning light show, disrupting electrical service and drenching south central Oklahoma with 1 to 2.6 inches of rain and some hail.
It may have been a preview of this morning, as the National Weather Service was calling for another series of storm fronts to move through southern Oklahoma this morning.
OG&E service crews rolled early on outage reports in Ardmore, Healdton, Lone Grove, Davis and Madill. Most were believed caused by lightning strikes to overhead lines and transformers. Madill was hit hardest with 1,086 customers without service. An OG&E Internet report listed 638 customers in Lone Grove without power, plus 117 in Ardmore, 95 in Healdton and 71 in Davis. Most service was restored before noon.
Gary and Charity Crosby had a different kind of problem at their Pecan Creek Apartment on Holiday Drive. A deluge dumping more than an inch of rainfall in one hour shortly before 8 a.m. put rising water at the couple’s front door. Crosby said muddy water draining from a construction site poured down a slope into the walkway outside their apartment, rising to the doorway threshold.
According to Crosby, this is the third time they’ve had the experience, but water has never gotten inside. He said the apartment manager has suggested using sand bags to divert the water.
Showers and thunderstorms moved across the region late Monday, resuming shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Storms were carried into the area along two fronts extending from the Marietta/Thackerville area into Madill, Kingston and Lake Texoma.