Thousands Lose Power in Oklahoma as Storms Rattle the Plains

Sean Breslin
Published: April 21, 2017

Storms marched through Oklahoma and other parts of the southern Plains Friday, knocking down trees and power lines while dumping heavy rain that stranded drivers.

Flooding forced the closure of Interstate 235 Friday morning in Oklahoma City, and at least one person was rescued from the floodwaters, according to the Associated Press. No injuries were reported from the floods, but at least 10,000 homes and businesses were without power statewide in the morning hours, KOTV reported.

More than 4 inches of rain fell quickly in some parts of central and eastern Oklahoma on Friday.

(MORE: Severe Weather Threat Extends into the Weekend)

In Broken Arrow, a town of 103,000 located southeast of Tulsa, crews worked quickly to pull a driver from a vehicle that flipped over and landed in a flooded drainage ditch, according to Neither the driver nor any rescuers were injured, the report added.

The storms pushed east into Arkansas, where strong winds brought down more trees and damaged structures. In Roland, a town of 750 located northwest of Little Rock, a thrift store's roof was ripped off and thrown into power lines and a power pole, according to KFSM-TV. No injuries were reported at the scene, but many items inside the store were damaged by water, the report added.

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A couple thousand Entergy customers were without power across the state Friday afternoon.

"The line of storms will continue south and eastward into northeastern Texas, the Ozarks and mid-South with the continued risk for heavy and potentially flooding rainfall, damaging winds and very large hail," said meteorologist Jonathan Belles. "A tornado or two cannot be ruled out."

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