The first major winter storm has left an impact on the entire state of Oklahoma. On Sunday afternoon, Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties.
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Nearly 100,000 homes were still without power Sunday afternoon as a result of freezing rain, ice and sleet that began Thursday. The state of emergency will help facilitate additional mutual aid, which includes oversized vehicles such as those transporting utility poles to the affected areas.
Around the same time frame of the declaration, OG&E reported 865 customers in the Guthrie area without power. For Crescent, the power company shows 451 without power.
Crescent Public Schools announced classes and evening activities will not be held on Monday (Nov. 30) due to the power outages.
As residents await for power to be restored, the clean up process has began. Residents and tree trimming services started cleaning up the debris left behind. Several tree branches broke off and clipped homes, fences and power lines. In some instances, trees were seen uprooted and nearly hitting homes.
During the holiday weekend, Guthrie officially collected 2.01 inches of rain.
Fallin’s executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also the first step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary.
Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.