Lightning bolt

Purcell City officials report last Friday’s 44 minute power outage was caused by lightning during a thunderstorm that produced the first measurable rainfall here since May 26.

After a series of brown outs last Friday afternoon, power was lost to the downtown area and much of northern residential sections of Purcell.

The power outage lasted 44 minutes before power was restored to downtown businesses.

Electricity was never out for the south portion of Purcell where businesses and traffic lights were never on the blink.

The electricity went off at 2:12 and came on about 2:56 p.m. The Heart of Oklahoma welcomed its first measurable rainfall in over two weeks when .8” was recorded.

With the rain came cooler temperatures. It was 71 in Purcell at 3 p.m. on June 19.

Purcell Electric Department Superintendent Trey Phillips told City Manager Dale Bunn it must have been caused by a lightning strike because everything else checked out.

“Central areas were affected and then far south by Southfork Road,” Phillips said of who was hit the hardest.

“They are doing maintenance on a transformer on Monday so our circuits were switched around from normal. That made the outage a little larger than what it would have been on a regular day,” he said.

Another glitch in the electric system occurred Monday at 4:05 p.m. but it was only a split second and nothing else happened.

On top of last Friday’s .8” another inch of rain fell overnight Sunday night into early Monday morning hiking the total for the year-to-date here to 27.1”.

Friday’s rainfall was the first measurable moisture in Purcell since May 26.

Oklahoma City has recorded 17.80” of rain this year. The normal for this year-to-date is 17.50”.

Rain is in the forecast for the next several days.

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