LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - Multiple utility poles in Lawton snapped during Wednesday night’s strong storms. Some of the poles fell on people’s homes while other home had lines draped over them.
David Schumn was in town visiting family when the storm hit. He said they were eating dinner when the major part of the sort happened.
"It was dead calm, and then the rain started hitting the back door hard enough to push it open so we locked the deadbolt and then it sounded like a freight train was coming down the tracks right behind the house," he recalled. "It was there and gone that quick."
Schumn and his family surprisingly had no idea the sounds they heard was a pole hitting their home and destroying part of their roof.
"We got flashlights and realized that the whole pole in the backyard was snapped off and sitting just inches from where we were sitting at the kitchen table," he said. "It was pretty frightening for all of us."
Schumn, who lives in Colorado, said he’s used to blizzards, not storms like he saw last night.
More than 15,000 people in Southwest Oklahoma lost power because of the storm and power companies spent the Wednesday night and much of Thursday repairing broken poles. Tim Hushbeck with PSO said this is a process that’s going to take some work because the poles are located back in an easement.
"The line is still intact so there's a lot of tension on that," Hushbeck said. "So, it's a really dangerous process of making sure the line doesn't pop up and hit someone or something."
Hushbeck said he understands how frustrating it can be to have your power out for hours on end. He adds that crews are working hard to get the power restored as quickly and safely as possible. Schumn’s just happy no one in the house was hurt.
“It could’ve been much worse," he said. "We would’ve been laying in bed where the telephone pole hit the roof it, and it would’ve been right there where me and my wife were sleeping.”
He said they’re now trying to figure out what to do because they can’t stay in the house right now.