Update 10:46 a.m.
A piece of sheet metal that got entangled with a string of insulators on one of two main Grand River Dam Authority feeder lines near Tar Creek caused a power outage for much of Miami Tuesday, according to GRDA spokesman Justin Alberty.
The incident happened around 6 p.m., Alberty said.
“They (repair crews) had to go in, take all the safety precautions to get set up and remove it,” he said. “That got us back on.”
He said there also had been damage to a pole between Fairland and Afton that was being replaced Wednesday.
Update 9:43 a.m.
According to the City of Miami Facebook page:
“Very shortly you will see electric crews from the City of Claremore and the City of Tahlequah in Miami to help restore power to remaining areas.
“Most affected is the area surrounding 16th Ave NE, from Elm Street west to Tar Creek. This area has severely damaged utility poles and electric lines. Our crews are working diligently to get this repaired and energized.
“Please use this post to comment your address if you are still without power in any other area, so we can ensure we will get power restored as soon as possible.
“Thank you for your understanding and patience!”
Update, 9:10 a.m.
Miami Public Schools were closed Wednesday according to superintendent Jeremy Hogan.
“We had some water damage because the rain came down so heavy and so hard,” he said. “We’ve got our basements flooded at Will Rogers and some water that got in through roof leaks and some that just blew in.”
He said because of power outages a considerable amount of the food inventory at some of the schools was lost.
“We’re getting a count on that and we’ve got a truck in today that will hopefully get us through the rest of this week and next week,” he said.
Update, 8:41 a.m.
Miami has received 5:57 inches of rain over the past 24 hours according to Oklahoma Mesonet. As a result, there was considerable street flooding.
Update, 8:20 a.m.
There still is a large portion of the northwest corner of Miami without power.
One of the two main feeder lines from the GRDA was knocked out
Officials are not certain when power will be restored.
MIAMI — A small tornado caused some tree damage and power outages in Miami late in the afternoon on Tuesday, April 30.
“Judging by the debris, it looks like we had a small tornado,” said Miami Police Chief and Emergency Management Director Thomas Anderson.
He said the storm rolled into town about 3rd and M NW near the Neosho River and continued east.
“There was a lot of tree damage, a lot of power line damage,” Anderson said. “We had a few trees hit houses, but no injuries and no significant structural damage other than a couple houses being hit by trees.”
One of the Grand River Dam Authority feeder lines went down, left about half of the town in the dark.
Power was restored to all but a small area in northwest Miami as of Wednesday morning
Torrential rains accompanied the storm.
According to Oklahoma Mesonet, Miami had received 5.57 inches of rain as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.
When asked about storm damage and power outages out around the county, Sheriff Jeremy Floyd said, “There’s really not much damage out in the county. I think there were a few power outages in the county involving those who are on the grid with the city.
“We witnessed the tornado coming down around the Dotyville area. A deputy and I were sitting, stationed, waiting on it and it kind of touched down by where the Miami Firing Range is. And then jumped over the river and touched down in that part of Miami and went northeast. There’s some storm debris in the county, some more severe than others, depending if they were in the direct path or not. But nothing so significant that we needed to rescue people.
“The only rescues we had to do were water rescues. There is a lot of flooding. We did three water rescues, with other agencies assisting us. With the flash flood coming up and people driving through the water and getting stranded, we had to go and get those folks out.
“The power outages were mainly in town. There were a few in the county, but they were few and far between. Most of the damage and power outages were here within the city.”
On his Facebook page, Floyd said, “If anyone observes any abandoned vehicles sitting on the roadway or ditches, please report them so we can check on them. Also, if there is storm debris on roadways please report those as well so we can get it removed.”