Latest: State of Emergency Declared as Thousands Still Without Power
Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency as thousands of people around Tulsa are still without power after Tuesday's storms."Heavy winds and flooding have lead to damage throughout the state and left many without power, especially in the Tulsa metro," Fallin said. "Both government and private sector resources are being utilized to help those affected."The counties included in the declaration are: Adair, Atoka, Cherokee, Coal, Craig, Delaware, Creek, Haskell, Hughes, Kay, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.Update, 9 p.m., from PSO:According to the PSO outage website, 53,695 customers in Tulsa County remain without power.Osage County: 465 customers without powerWagoner County: 1,574 customers without powerUpdate, 6:35 p.m., from PSO:According to the PSO website, 59,703 customers are still without power in Tulsa County.1,663 Wagoner County customers, 472 Osage County customers and 112 Creek County customers are without power at this time.Update, 5 p.m., from PSO representative Stan Whiteford:Currently 69, 351 customers remain without power. The largest concentration of power outages is in the Southwest quadrant of Tulsa. About 33,000 people are still without power in the area.Whiteford stated that all customers could have power by Sunday.Update, 3:30 p.m., from Public Service Company of Oklahoma:More than 70,000 customers are still without power, the majority of which are in Tulsa County.About 68,000 PSO customers in Tulsa County are without power. That's 25 percent of utility's Tulsa customers.Update, 10:15 a.m., from Mayor Bartlett's news conference:Fire officials said 911 was "cremated" last night, with long wait times and at one point, there were at least 100 people waiting.Tulsa Police are "business as usual" and helping to clear debris from the roadways.The city of Tulsa is in the process of putting up four-way stop signs in intersections where traffic signals are without power and ask drivers to be patient, and cautious. Future storms are also a concern, so residents are asked to clear their storm drains of debris. Mayor Bartlett asks that if people know their neighbors are without power and could be in trouble, please check on them.Call this number (918) 596-2100 to report downed trees and stay away from downed power lines.PSO reports 100,000 customers suffering outages at its peak, and confirms it will be a multi-day restoration process. There are crews coming in from surrounding states to help.Update, 9:45 a.m.: 90,000 PSO customers without in Tulsa power as crews slowly get lines back up and running. They are concentrating in midtown Tulsa, one of the hardest hit areas.Original story:Thousands of Tulsans are waking up in the dark Wednesday morning, after damaging storms swept through the area late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.According to PSO spokesperson Andrea Chancellor, at least 100,000 people are without power as of about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday -- a number that continues to climb as people wake up and report outages.Extra crews from around the region have been called in to help assess the damage and restore power.Chancellor said the hardest hit area is Midtown Tulsa, and it could be several days before every light is back on.Tulsa Police advise drivers to use caution, as many traffic signals are down around town and public works crews try to remove trees and limbs from the roads.