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Lightning strike brings down power poles in northwest Oklahoma City

A reported lightning strike downs at least 10 poles near May and Wilshire (Oklahoma City Fire Department)

A reported lightning strike in the metro has brought down power poles and closed an intersection.

Oklahoma City police reported the strike near Wilshire and May around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

A total of ten power poles were damaged, immediately setting off a power outage and forcing dozens of businesses to temporarily close shop.

"Apparently, the Sonic transformer went out and fireballs went everywhere in the sky -- all the way back to the fence," said Claudia Noyes, an employee at Under the Sun Garden Center.

"We've basically had to shut down today," said Jay Baker, Owner of J & Company Salon. "I was lucky to get another salon that I can work at for today...but we're just having to reschedule everybody."

As of 4 p.m. Friday, OG&E said they've called in additional contractors to assist with restoration and repairs here off north May and they hope to get the situation resolved as soon as possible.

They also reminded people to stay away from downed power lines and report outages as soon as they happen.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department says 10 power poles were broken during the strike and are leaning into traffic right-of-ways between NW 63rd and Wilshire.

Businesses are reportedly sheltering in place.


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