Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. officials announced “rolling blackouts” due the extreme temperatures Monday, leaving many temporarily without power.
OG&E is implementing rolling blackouts after Southwest Power Pool announced an energy emergency for the region.
In the noon hour, more than 20,000 OG&E customers lost power in all parts of the service area, including more than 6,000 customers in Oklahoma City.
OG&E said this blackout lasted about an hour.
SPP declared an energy emergency alert level 3 shortly after 10 a.m. Monday and utility companies in the Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas region would initiate controlled outages.
Less than three hours later, the rolling blackouts began in the Oklahoma area.
Power outages were reported about noon in Yukon.
About 2 p.m. there were 171 outages in Oklahoma City reported, according to the OG&E website.