Winter storm Jupiter causes power outages in Oklahoma Panhandle
Winter storm Jupiter has swept into the Oklahoma Panhandle, causing power outages for many TCEC members in Beaver County and elsewhere. Efforts continue this afternoon to restore electric service to about 2,000 TCEC meters affected by the ice storm. As always with an ice event, the extent of the damage will depend on the wind. The current wind forecast is calling for an increase this evening.
TCEC has all hands plus six additional contract and mutual aid crews working extended hours to restore power to affected members. Four more crews are slated to arrive tomorrow morning. One area of major emphasis during restoration efforts will include replacing broken poles. So far, about 100 of more than 100,000 poles on the TCEC system have snapped.
Almost all power problems were caused by ice-coated trees breaking and falling across power lines.
“If there are outages, our objective is to get power flowing again to as many members as safely as possible in the shortest time,” said Chris Purdy, vice president of Member Solutions. “We decide which repairs to make first according to the number of people the repair affects. A repair that restores power to 50 homes will be made before a repair that would restore only two homes.”
Members still without power who have not yet reported it should contact TCEC at 580.652.2418 or using the SmartHub system. Once reported, though, calling back for status reports unnecessarily ties up phone lines and resources needed to get lights back on.
Remember to stay clear of any downed line, no matter what its location or appearance.
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