An ice storm double whammy hit Oklahoma starting on Monday morning at 5:00 a.m. The second wave of freezing rain came through last night. This ice storm is so devastating because Oklahoma’s trees still had most of their leaves.
This year, winter arrived before fall moved on.
I awoke to heavy limbs crashing all around the house, and the pink muhly grass is no more this year. [To enlarge gallery photos, simply click on them.] I thought I would do comparisons so you can tell how bad it is.
According to KOCO News 5, “it’s the earliest ice storm warning that the National Weather Service in Norman has ever issued.”
As of this writing 157,000, OG&E customers were without power. OG&E’s website crashed from all the outage reports. Edmond Electric serves much of Edmond, Oklahoma, and many of their customers are also without power. According to the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s Facebook page, they have 11,100 members without power. Because the weather first came from the northwest and then from Texas, our entire state is suffering from an ice overload.
Here at Little Cedar Garden, so far, we have electricity and internet service which really surprises me with all the tree damage. We bought firewood at the end of winter/beginning of spring last year so we have plenty in case our electricity gives up the ghost. Bill went outside and cut tree limbs away from the power line that runs to our house.
Every few minutes, we hear a crash outside, and Bill and my son-in-law, Robert, are trying to saw some ice-laden limbs before trees split in half.
We have trees down everywhere. It will take a lot of work to saw up all the limbs and debris. The weather is supposed to warm tomorrow. I can see what our weekend will look like.
I just listened to the weather, and the third wave of sleet and freezing rain is headed this way. 2020 is just the year that keeps on giving. I wish it would go away.
UPDATE: We just lost The Rising Sun redbud next to the driveway along with a bunch of other trees. This is the worst ice storm I’ve ever seen in 58 years. The rain simply added to the weight and then froze to the limbs.