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Wind blows power out for thousands in Panhandle

In the late evening hours of May 10 through the early morning hours of May 11, power was out for many people in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The cause was high winds damaging a transmission line in the Keyes area. Winds up to 70 miles per hour blew together two transmission lines and they burned through, falling to the ground.

The Guymon, Hooker and Optima areas were out for about an hour. Boise City, Felt, Keyes and Elkhart, Kansas were out of power for about four hours. At the height of the outage, as many as 12,700 were without power.

“Our members were understanding and appreciative during the power and payment outages,” said Chris Purdy, vice president of Member Solutions at TCEC. “We value their patience during events like this.”

As the possibility of severe weather continues in the summer months, TCEC encourages members to go to for outage preparation tips and related mobile apps.

“The old saying, ‘prepare for the worst and hope for the best’ rings true in these situations,” Purdy said. “Members should gather an emergency survival kit and take steps for backup power like a generator if they need it.”

This video from a member in the area shows the transmission lines burning through.

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