Hundreds of power crews working to restore remaining Tulsa County outages after July storms

TULSA - For thousands still without power, the cavalry is here.

Hundreds of power trucks are staged at the fairgrounds. They've arrived from areas around Tulsa, both in and out of Oklahoma. The goal is to restore power to thousands in the Tulsa metro area.

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PSO officials say about 1,400 linemen from 10 states assembled in Tulsa Thursday to restore power, working systematically starting with lines that affect the most people.

By Thursday afternoon, teams started focusing more on the southwest quadrant of the city, including the Berryhill area.

Within a few hours, power was restored to many parts of the community.


(Mobile users can see a map of outages here --  http://ow.ly/i/2HYsg/original)

A PSO spokesperson says crews can work through the wind and rain, which is expected to move in to Green Country overnight, Thursday. The crews, however, would have to temporarily suspend their work, if they see lightning.

As residents work to clean up outside of their homes in the heat, there are places to keep cool for those without power.

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Cooling stations are set up around Tulsa and beyond including the Salvation Army Center of Hope in downtown Tulsa, Crosstown Church of Christ in north Tulsa, Tulsa County Social Services Center in northwest Tulsa, the Dennis Neill Equality Center in downtown Tlsa and the John 3:16 Mission in downtown Tulsa.

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In Broken Arrow the city is offering up their public pools and splash pads for families to cool down.

At the height of the outage nearly 100,000 customers in Tulsa County lost service.

PSO officials originally estimated service would be restored to most customers by Sunday evening, but based on progress officials estimate 95 percent of customers will have service back by 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more on cooling stations visit http://bit.ly/15fQ4Vu.

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