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Crews restore power after high winds knock down 6 substations west of Tulsa

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 19:29:39-04

High winds across the plains caused six KAMO substations to go down for a few hours across Pawnee/Osage/Creek counties on Wednesday, resulting in widespread outages across the rural area.

Crews say the power has been restored except for a few dozen customers. At one point, there were more than 1,800 outages, mainly in the Cleveland area.

Indian Electric Cooperative president David Wilson said three substations were back up by 5:30 p.m., and the next three -- including the two biggest -- followed quickly.

He said KAMO crews had to go to each substation to check, make sure the lines weren’t damaged and then reset to restore service.

Outages stretched from Pawnee-Cleveland and just across the county lines to Osage and Creek counties.

Wind gusts in that area have averaged between 40-50 mph all day.

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