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State of Emergency: Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma

Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma Prompting State of Emergency

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Mary Fallin Governor of Oklahoma Declared a State of Emergency after Winter Storms, Flooding, freezing rain, ice and sleet brutally slammed the state Thursday.

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.

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After a Thanksgiving day start, the predicted ice storm brought another meaning to Black Friday for millions.

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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.

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Accident numbers rose through the day and despite the warnings, drivers continued to head out and slide off. By Saturday, conditions had gone from bad to worse in Oklahoma.Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma Prompting State of Emergency 4

Power was already out for many in El Reno with thousands of trees damaged, streets blocked and even cars crushed under the weight of the continuing freezing rain.Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma Prompting State of Emergency 5

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.Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma Prompting State of Emergency 8

In Minco, Oklahoma, the rain kept falling, quietly building up on every surface there, and in the dark, more flashes signaled yet another power outage.Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma Prompting State of Emergency 9

Before dawn Sunday, in Canadian County, lines were down everywhere and an army of power crews was out to get a start on the long, hard task of restoring power.Ice & Winter Weather Slam Oklahoma Prompting State of Emergency 10

Nearly two inches of ice had lines drooping and poles breaking like twigs. And the crews worked through the day without a break.

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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.

We remind you, when you encounter water covering the road: test

Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

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For WeatherNation: John Van Pelt.

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