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Throwback Tulsa: 14 years ago today, ice storm knocks out power to 100,000

Throwback Tulsa: 14 years ago today, ice storm knocks out power to 100,000

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When Oklahomans think of an ice storm in 2007, they probably think of the one that happened in December.

However, about 11 months earlier, icy weather knocked out power to about 100,000 homes in a narrow swath from McAlester to southern Delaware County. Most of the power outages were around McAlester and the Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.

Snow accumulations were an inch or two at the most, but freezing rain and sleet caused at least 15 traffic fatalities. Tulsa International Airport canceled 70 percent of its flights. President Bush ordered federal emergency assistance to the state.

It was a harsh winter season already, as the area already endured icy weather in December 2006.

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