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2007 Ice Storm: Possibly the costliest in Oklahoma history

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 12:02:31-05

On this day in Oklahoma history, freezing rain moved into Northeast Oklahoma late on a Saturday night, December 9, 2007.

Thunderstorms produced locally heavy rains and widespread amounts from 1 to 2 inches of rainfall.

Much of this rain fell in temperatures below 32 degrees and froze in trees, power lines and exposed surfaces.

Ground temperatures were in the lower 40s during most of the event and kept surface roads from becoming too icy.

Bridges and overpasses did freeze up, causing travel problems.

The largest impact were the power outages, with 200,000 homes without power for several days during and after the event.

Severe tree damage took days to clean up and years to recover from.

Temperatures rose above freezing later, but the damage was done with possibly the costliest Ice Storm in Oklahoma history at around $600 million.

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