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Total blackout in Lexington


A problem with the feeder lines from OG&E to the city of Lexington caused a power outage from midnight until 2 p.m. Sunday.

Lexington Police and fire have a generator donated by the Forestry Department so they could provide emergency services.

The remainder of the community, about 826 households and businesses, battled extreme heat and humidity with no electricity for air conditioning for 14 hours.

The outage came after a powerful thunderstorm rumbled through the area.

Sporadic power outages were also reported in various locations in Purcell that included 600 customers.

Straight line winds approached 100 m.p.h. in some areas weather officials said.

Purcell Electrical Department officials had the entire city up and running by 11 a.m.

Purcell Electric Department Supervisor Trey Phillips said high winds and lightning caused the outages in Purcell beginning at 12:15 a.m.

Two power poles were snapped on South Canadian.

“As of 4 a.m. we had power restored to everyone but the 700-900 block of Canadian,” Phillips said. “The two poles were replaced at daylight and power was restored to all customers in the city by 11 a.m.”

Restoring power in addition to Phillips were Kevin Rhoads, Anthony Lamirand and Brian Morris.

The storm packed a punch on trees and some buildings in the area but only dumped about 1/2” of rain on the area.

Another .2” was recorded last Friday giving Purcell .7” for the week.

Purcell has received 27.8” of rain so far in 2020. Oklahoma City has recorded 21.35.


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