State of Emergency: Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma
The Thanksgiving weekend brought big weather problems to millions with devastating ice storms in Oklahoma and Texas, and tens of thousands started the new week without power.
In Amarillo, Texas, freezing rain was coating everything it touched, including the grazing bison. As the day went on, cars were sliding, limbs were breaking and a light wind was bouncing power lines. And it wasn’t long before they were breaking and bringing down poles too.
The hits just kept on coming. In Oklahoma City, one after another, bright flashes popped around the city, the sign of transformers blowing from weighed-down power lines, putting more people in the dark.
Nearly two inches of ice had lines drooping and poles breaking like twigs. And the crews worked through the day without a break.
While most people were watching the ice storm unfold over the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, the rain farther north in Dallas didn’t freeze, it just fell hard and steady for hours and sadly three people were reported lost after driving into flooded roads there, over the holiday weekend.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
For WeatherNation: John Van Pelt.