Mother Nature flexed her muscle here Sunday morning when a powerful June storm, that resembled more of a May-type storm, surged through the area leaving behind flooding, uprooted and broken trees and disrupted electrical service.
It might not have lasted very long but it was damaging.
Lights flickered when the potent storm blew through about 9:30 when nearly two inches of rain was recorded in a short 15-minute period.
The storm, that dumped 1.8” of rain, wasn’t long in duration but the remnants left area residents in cleanup mode.
Along with the high winds and torrential rain some small pea size hail also fell.
Damage was widespread around the area.
Sunday services were cancelled at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church due to the church having no electrical service.
Deacon John Warren said the church also suffered some water damage in the choir loft.
Trees around Purcell were damaged from the feisty storm and a shutter was blown off a house at 201 N. 8th.
Multiple power poles were blown over and caused power issues in town.
Electric Department Superintendent Trey Phillips said there were five poles that were blown down or broken from the mighty winds.
One of the crippled poles was behind The Rusty Knot in the Main Street area. One was in the 200 block of Delaware. One was in the 300 block of North 7th and another was on the west side of the Hillside Cemetery. One was out off 10th and Bruel in a horse pasture just off of Interstate 35.
“We also had multiple big trees broken that fell into alleys and snapped service,” Phillips said. “We had lots and lots of service issues.”
The main outage lasted about 2 1/2 hours, Phillips said.
However, there were some outages that lasted three hours and some that lasted as long as six hours.
“We only had a handful of customers we couldn’t get back up from the broken poles,” Phillips said.
Phillips estimated it may take a week to 10 days to get everything cleaned up and back to normal.
Purcell’s electric department was assisted by an emergency crew from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) for resetting poles.
Also, the city of Lexington’s electric department and both Purcell’s water and fire departments assisted the electric department and street department, city manager Dale Bunn said.
“Everyone pitched in to clear the streets,” Bunn said.
“One good thing was Sunday evening when the cool front moved through,” Phillips said. “It was more like a fall evening than one in June.”