Strong Storms Cause River Valley Power Outages

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Strong, but brief storms in the River Valley left at least 5,800 homes and businesses without power Monday evening.

Nearly 5,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric Customers were left in the dark, after a strong wind gust or broken tree limb damaged a cross arm on a power pole in south Fort Smith, according to company spokesperson Rob Ratley.

OG&E crews were able to reroute power by 7:30 p.m., restoring electricity to a majority of the customers. Crews spent extra time going door-to-door to a remaining 114 homes to determine the cause of their power outages, Ratley said.

Around 800 Arkansas Valley Electric customers, mostly in Roland, Oklahoma, were without power until 11:45 p.m. after lightening hit a transformer at a substation.

Electrical crews had to wait several hours for a part to fix the damage, according to  Arkansas Valley Electric spokesperson Greg Davis.

A late night Severe Thunderstorm knocked out power to at least 1,033 customers in Lavaca around 10:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service did not issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings on every storm, according to 5NEWS Chief Meteorologist Garrett Lewis. Although, some were still capable of causing damage in some neighborhoods.