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December 6, 2013

State emergency officials: Situation Update

As of noon Friday

(Continued)

OKLAHOMA CITY —

In preparation for the storm, the State Emergency Operations Center is activated and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with local emergency managers across the state as well as numerous emergency response, recovery partners. OEM staff remain in the hardest hit areas of the state, assisting communities with local response, recovery efforts.  

OEM, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma National Guard and Oklahoma Department of Transportation have developed a stranded motorist plan with teams positioned across the state in the areas with greatest risk for dangerous road conditions.

Additionally, OEM worked with FEMA to preposition industrial size generators in the state. The generators will be used in the event shelters are needed due to stranded motorists or power outages. The generators will also be used to provide power to water treatment plants in the event of electric service disruptions. The FEMA generators will augment the industrial size generators OEM already has positioned around the state. Please note these generators are NOT for residential use.

POWER OUTAGES

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports more than 9,000 homes and businesses are without power across the state -- most in southeast Oklahoma.

OG&E Total: 720

Cameron: 162

Heavener: 87

Hodgen: 93

West Oklahoma City: 61

Panama: 83

Poteau: 336

PSO Total: 3,851

Hugo area (includes Hugo, Antlers, Fort Towson, Sawyer):  3,780

Elk City: 71

Arkansas Valley Electric Total: 449

Pocola area: 41

Sweet Briar, Spiro areas: 408

Verdigris Valley Electric Total: 57

Claremore area:  56

Skiatook area: 1

Choctaw Electric Total: 4,000

ROAD CONDITIONS

As a winter precipitation continued overnight, crews from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation report slick and hazardous conditions on highways and interstates across the state.  Plowing operations along with salt and sand treatments continue statewide. Motorists need to be extra cautious on entrance and exit ramps due to slick conditions and the speed differences as traffic is slowing to exit and speeding up to enter highways and interstates.



Roads throughout the state, including the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metro Areas are snow packed and slick. Travel is highly discouraged at this time.  Crews will continue to address these issues 24/7 until roads are clear and conditions are favorable.



To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 405-425-2385 or visit http://www.dps.state.ok.us/cgi-bin/weathermap.cgi
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