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Altus High School, Power Poles Damaged by Strong Winds

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ALTUS Okla_ The damage from Wednesday's storm was felt in Altus too, where the wind gusts approached 80 miles per hour.

The electric superintendent said strong winds knocked over seven power poles along Falcon Road between Park Lane and Veterans Drive. Crews started repair work just after the storm rolled through and worked 18 hours straight to replace them. Strong winds also blew off part of the roof of one of the buildings at Altus High School.

The power is back on Thursday night for all the people in Altus who were affected by the storm. A couple of people were caught right in the middle of the primary damage zones when the storm blew in. Monte Glazzard owns an automobile shop across the street from where strong winds knocked over seven power poles. He said he had just gotten the vehicles he was working on out of the storm when he heard a loud boom.

"One of the transformers sparked off, and then that was it," Glazzard said. "It just got really, really loud, and it was really hard rain."

Altus's electrical superintendent spoke with 7News by phone. He said even though the electrical poles did fall, no lives were in its path. He said even though they did fall on green grass and trees below, no fires sparked either.

Altus Resident Brandon Ruddock was working on Altus High School's new athletic building when he was forced to take cover from the storm. When it was over, he saw parts of the locker room roof had been blown over the stadium wall onto the school's soccer field.

"It was kind of cool to be in it, but at the same time, it was pretty scary," Ruddock said. "I've never been in anything like that. With the stuff that just happened in Moore, it's something you got to be wary of and pay attention to."

Ruddock said things could have been much worse had school been in session when it hit.

"The last couple of weeks that we've been over, everyday about that time, the football players had been either coming in or going out of the locker room, back and forth to the weight room, or doing exercises out on the practice field," Ruddock said.

Again, officials say fortunately, no one was injured, and they have received no other reports of any other buildings damaged. Altus Electrical Superintendent Dan Scott said it will cost about $10,000 to replace the poles once everything is in place. He said the electric company will be monitoring Thursday's weather closely, to plan for any power outages.


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