Power Outages Pile Up As Storm Hits

Power Outages Pile Up As Storm Hits

There are 13 comments on the KOCO-TV Oklahoma City story from Jan 29, 2010, titled Power Outages Pile Up As Storm Hits. In it, KOCO-TV Oklahoma City reports that:

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported that more than 67,000 homes and businesses had lost electric service as a winter storm moved across the state.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at KOCO-TV Oklahoma City.

Nancy

Olive Branch, MS

#1 Feb 1, 2010
It seems like there is more concern with help going to the earthquake victims then for the people of Oklahoma. Where is all the help, why aren't neighboring states coming to help get the power on and get things restored. Food water and shelter???
Ralf The Dog

Oklahoma City, OK

#2 Feb 2, 2010
I must say first, I could not read the story on the KOCO website. It set of my virus alarms. I will try to respond to your comment without reading the story.

1. The only reason we would not be getting help from neighboring states is that they were hit as well.

2. In Haiti the number of dead is in the hundreds of thousands. The number of dead will grow. In Oklahoma, the number of dead is 7. Comparing the two is reprehensible.
Ralf The Dog

Oklahoma City, OK

#3 Feb 2, 2010
The problem with KOCO looks like it has been fixed. It was not KOCO's fault, it was the add network. Add networks need to do a better job of screening their content. One quick pass with AV software would have stopped the malware before it hit the site.

Good job KOCO, I am very glad to see your fast response.
dlt chicago

Bolingbrook, IL

#4 Feb 3, 2010
I had to explain to my friends and family here in and around Chicago WHY a couple feet of snow is a big deal in OK. They laugh and make fun since we consider two feet as not all that bad.

I did offer to try two inches of ice here and see how things go...but they countered with another giggle and the winter of 79-80 when we had snow followed by ice followed by mORE snow...totl about 3-4 feet......I swear these folks love adversity... I could only offer drought and 120 degree heat,exploding car windows,dust storms,rattlesnakes, scorpions and attack water mocassins..while the lazy buzzards circle in the sky...I won.
dlt chicago

Bolingbrook, IL

#5 Feb 3, 2010
Oh. And all the pickups with full rifle racks in the rear window...though I would guess that has changed by now...
Ralf The Dog

Oklahoma City, OK

#6 Feb 5, 2010
dlt chicago wrote:
I had to explain to my friends and family here in and around Chicago WHY a couple feet of snow is a big deal in OK. They laugh and make fun since we consider two feet as not all that bad.
I did offer to try two inches of ice here and see how things go...but they countered with another giggle and the winter of 79-80 when we had snow followed by ice followed by mORE snow...totl about 3-4 feet......I swear these folks love adversity... I could only offer drought and 120 degree heat,exploding car windows,dust storms,rattlesnakes, scorpions and attack water mocassins..while the lazy buzzards circle in the sky...I won.
Try telling them about storms with winds that approach half the speed of sound destroying sections of cities. 75 MPH winds are common.

Note: The May 3rd tornadoes had a top wind speed of 318 MPH. That is a bit more extreme than a bit of ice.
dlt chicago

United States

#7 Feb 5, 2010
Ralf The Dog wrote:
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Try telling them about storms with winds that approach half the speed of sound destroying sections of cities. 75 MPH winds are common.
Note: The May 3rd tornadoes had a top wind speed of 318 MPH. That is a bit more extreme than a bit of ice.
God, I DO love Oklahoma!!!!! and dust devils... and did you ever get trapped up against a garage door by tumbleweeds???? Wadda slice!!!! Or wake up to find a dairy cow in your front yard? A tarantula on your driveway or a scorpion in the kitchen??
Cate

Abilene, TX

#8 Feb 6, 2010
Nancy wrote:
It seems like there is more concern with help going to the earthquake victims then for the people of Oklahoma. Where is all the help, why aren't neighboring states coming to help get the power on and get things restored. Food water and shelter???
I know for a fact that there are a lot of AEP crews from Texas up there working right now because my son is one of them working in the freezing rain, snow, and wind. He has been working daily for over a week.
shocked

New Iberia, LA

#9 Feb 11, 2010
As a new resident, I am outraged that this Lawton's idea of a city plan is to hit a big 'Oh, Sh$t button'. Why does this city have a better plan for emergency's? Why don't the power companies get with larger companies to figure out how storms & hurricane's we still have electricity? Everything up here (it seems) is like stepping back in time 30 yrs...so much for progression!
dlt romeoville

United States

#10 Feb 11, 2010
shocked wrote:
As a new resident, I am outraged that this Lawton's idea of a city plan is to hit a big 'Oh, Sh$t button'. Why does this city have a better plan for emergency's? Why don't the power companies get with larger companies to figure out how storms & hurricane's we still have electricity? Everything up here (it seems) is like stepping back in time 30 yrs...so much for progression!
good grief, Shocked, what magical kingdom did you live in before you moved to Lawton? When 'sh$t" hits the big old fan, every cityhits the 'Oh Sh$t' button.

I lied in 8 states and cities of every size, Chicago included. When extraoridinary weather hits, stuff happens. And it takes a *itching amount of time to get it all fixed. ANd the 'fixers' work heroic hours in (usually) pretty awful conditions to get it fixed. That's life....in the big city and ...the small one.
dlt romeoville

United States

#11 Feb 11, 2010
well, I din't LIE in all 8 states, but I did live in them....
david

United States

#12 Feb 11, 2010
dlt romeoville wrote:
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good grief, Shocked, what magical kingdom did you live in before you moved to Lawton? When 'sh$t" hits the big old fan, every cityhits the 'Oh Sh$t' button.
I lied in 8 states and cities of every size, Chicago included. When extraoridinary weather hits, stuff happens. And it takes a *itching amount of time to get it all fixed. ANd the 'fixers' work heroic hours in (usually) pretty awful conditions to get it fixed. That's life....in the big city and ...the small one.
you haven,t lived uder the knife of aep-pso very long have you? aep-pso does not care about its customers at all! it cares only about its corp. greed. oklahoma needs to get rid of aep and the sooner the better! does anyone agree with me?
dlt romeoville

United States

#13 Feb 12, 2010
david wrote:
<quoted text>you haven,t lived uder the knife of aep-pso very long have you? aep-pso does not care about its customers at all! it cares only about its corp. greed. oklahoma needs to get rid of aep and the sooner the better! does anyone agree with me?
No,. have to admit I haven't. But I have lived in the Chicago area when wind and rain have knocked power out in such a large area that it took over a week to fix. And also lived in a small suburb where if someone even said "rain" the power would go out for 24 hours.

I think I reacted to the implication that only Lawton suffered especially from the storms. Heck, Atlanta, Ga, megotropilis of corp. America, has only one snow plow and 8 salt trucks.

I realize it is all very frustrating. I apologize for not displaying more sympathy to "new in lawton" . It is a nasty winter and noone should have to live without electricity.

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