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Summer storm brings widespread outages

HOOKER, Okla. (July 1, 2014) – A summer storm blew into TCEC’s service territory in the evening hours of June 30 causing widespread damage to the cooperative’s electric system. The storm packed wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour which resulted in the loss of nearly two hundred power poles. At the height of the storm more than 9,000 meters were without power. As of 8 a.m. around 5,000 meters remain without power.

Crews from other cooperatives are being called in for mutual aid assistance to help with power restoration efforts. In addition to the cooperative’s four crews, there will be up to 30 extra hands helping to replace the damaged poles and restore power to members.

“Progress may be slowed due to the conditions and moisture received with the storm,” said Zac Perkins, TCEC assistant general manager. “As the day progresses, we will continue to assess the widespread damage to our system. We anticipate finding additional poles down.”

Members are urged to report outages if they have not already by calling the office at 580-652-2418 or using the mobile application for smartphones, TCEC Mobile. Members should consider any downed line energized and dangerous and to report any downed lines to the cooperative.

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Headquartered in Hooker, Okla., Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to delivering safe, reliable, affordable electric service. The utility serves approximately 23,000 member accounts in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, and the northern border of the Texas Panhandle. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit www.tcec.coop.

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