Winter Storm Update

Tulsa, OK – Okla. utility patrons without power under 80,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State officials say the number of Oklahoma homes and businesses without power has dropped below 80,000.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reports 79,393 homes and businesses remain without electric service due to the winter storm of last week.

Authorities said the storm is linked to seven deaths. An 86-year-old Yukon man died Sunday after slipping and falling Friday. A 62-year-old Anadarko man was found dead Sunday in his travel trailer where there was no power.

A 79-year-old Harmon County woman was found dead Saturday in her house where there was no power and a 59-year-old Geary woman was found dead outside her home Saturday. Also a 73-year-old Pontotoc County man died Saturday in a house fire and a 33-year-old Holdenville man was killed in an auto accident.

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