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Lawton city employee Ramon Ortega keeps the cold wind at bay Monday as he spreads gravel over the site of a water main repair at Southwest 12th Street and D Avenue. The wind chill index dropped into the single digits Monday morning and only rebounded to the teens in the afternoon. Another cold morning is expected today with a low about 15, according to the National Weather Service.

Chill wind blows through region

The cold front that blew through Southwest Oklahoma early Monday brought a return to winter temperatures and howling winds that sent trash containers airborne, snapped tree limbs and caused some scattered power outages.

Weather stations recorded gusts upwards of 60 mph as the front swept through, and below-freezing temperatures sent wind chill factors sliding into the single digits.
 
Tim Hushbeck, community affairs manager for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma in Lawton, said 43 customers in north central Lawton were without power starting at around 1 a.m. Monday. This outage affected residents west of Fort Sill Boulevard between Northwest Ferris Avenue and Cache Road. He said the outage was caused by wind gusts of 66 mph blowing a tree into a lateral power line.
 
"It affected only customers served by above-ground power lines, while customers served by underground lines were not affected," he said. 
 
Hushbeck said a similar situation occurred in Cache, where winds blew a tree into electrical lines. This outage affected 52 customers.
 
He said the Lawton outage lasted about three hours while Cache residents were in the dark for two hours.
 
"It was a pretty small outage considering the winds we had coming through," Hushbeck said. "We had more outages in eastern Oklahoma."

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