JOPLIN, Mo. - Conditions with icing on lines, equipment and trees continued to deteriorate throughout the night Sunday when the number of customers without power peaked at 85,000. During the day Monday, power was restored to approximately 20,000.
Work is continuing and Empire has approximately 1,000 extra repair personnel either working on its system or scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
“As we have stated throughout this crisis, it is a multi-day event and customers are warned that they may be without power for several additional days,” said Amy Bass, director of corporate communications for Empire Electric. “All areas of Empire's service territory have been impacted.”
People who remain without power and are in need of alternate shelter are asked to contact emergency services within their community.
The electric company has also issued a request for customers to check on neighbors - especially the elderly who live alone.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports that, statewide, about 106,536 electric customers are without power.
In addition to the Empire Electric Company outages, PSO is reporting that approximately 4,132 people in and around the city of Grove remain without power.
An estimated 24,957 Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative customers are also without power.
The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives reports that 58,226 electric cooperative customers lacked service as of Monday afternoon.
Electric restoration crews reported 4 inches of ice accumulation on some power lines and more than 1,250 utility poles are down.