McAlester is sick of the ice.

The city is almost completely incapacitated. Most businesses are closed due to power outages. With no place to go and no electricity at home, some locals are left feeling stir crazy.

“I think I’m getting cabin fever,” McAlester resident Tyler McBee said. “I’ve been reading a lot and hanging out with some friends. That’s basically it. The ice has disabled me.”

The wicked weather has physically disabled McBee as well.

A fall on an icy parking lot left McBee with an injured ankle. But with the conditions outside, he said he’s not going to head for the hospital unless he absolutely has to.

“With the power situation at the hospital, I figure it’ll be a slow wait,” McBee said. “So I want to make sure I need to go to the emergency room before I actually go to the emergency room.”

McBee figured he would probably stay off his foot for at least a couple of days. However, when reminded about the power outages facing the city, the cabin fever set in once again.

“I hadn’t thought about that,” McBee said. “Maybe I will go to work. I’m scheduled and I bet I can find something to do.”

Some McAlester residents are fairing better against the ice. Connie Woods, who lives on South Sixth Street, said it could always be worse.

She’s been out of power since Saturday, but she hasn’t let it slow her down. Woods stocked up on groceries and everything else she thought she would need before the storm ever hit.

So the only thing left for her to do is to make the best of the situation, she said.

“Today I pulled up the blinds and let the sunshine in,” Woods said on Monday. “I also cleaned out my shoe closet. I’ve been doing the things I hadn’t had time to get done before. I’ve got time for them now. I kind of hate to say it, but I’ve enjoyed it.”

As for the long, dark evenings, Woods said she’s pretty much spent them in bed.

“I’ve been going to bed really early. Saturday night I went to bed at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night it was closer to 7:30 or 8 p.m.,” she said. “But it seems like every time I go to sleep, a tree breaks and I’m awake again. God is so awesome with his creation, but nothing is as disastrous as this.”

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