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July 24, 2013

UPDATE: Storms sweep through

Local area has trees knocked down, damage worse in Tulsa metro

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CLAREMORE —

PSO has called in help from outside the region to restore power, said Michael Gordon of Public Service Company of Oklahoma. . Gordon said residents should prepare for a multi-day outage. Residents also should assume any downed lines are “energized,” he said.
“We had 100 calls in the queue,” said Scott Clark, deputy chief of support services for the fire department, who described a chaotic scene at the call center where supervisors were fielding some of the calls. “At one point last night (the fire department was) down to no resources.”
The supercell storms originated over the Kansas plains and tracked southeast, holding together long enough to rake Tulsa. Brad McGavock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, said the type of storm was atypical for mid-July in the northeastern part of the state.  The difference, he said, was that this storm hit a populated area.
“They happen, but they may not move into a populous area, even though the systems have the same damaging winds,” he said.

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