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Updates: Severe weather aftermath in Tulsa

4:00 p.m. June 21

At the latest city press conference, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced the permit fees for fixing residential weatherheads will be waived altogether in the aftermath of the storms.

Bynum also announced ice will be distributed thanks to the Choctaw Nation.

12:16 p.m. June 21

As of this update, over 85,000 customers in Tulsa County remain without power, according to the PSO website.

11:45 a.m. June 21

The city updated the list of cooling sites available to the public:

  • Reed Park Community Center, 4233 S. Yukon Ave. | open until 8 p.m. 
  • Lacy Park Community Center, 2134 N. Madison Place | open until 8 p.m. 
  • John 3:16, 906 N. Cheyenne Ave., 2134 N. Madison Pl. | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Salvation Army, 102 N. Denver Ave. – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Tulsa County Social Services, 2301 Charles Page Blvd. | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Pl. |  24/7
    • Open through Thursday at 5 p.m. - Leashed pets allowed
  • Tulsa Dream Center North Campus, 200 W. 46th St. North | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Hutcherson YMCA, 1120 E. Pine St., Tulsa | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Central Park Community Center, 1500 S. Main Street, Broken Arrow | 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Nienhuis Park Community, 3201 N. 9th Street, Broken Arrow | 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Case Community Center, 1050 W. Wekiwa Rd. Sand Springs | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Southminster Presbyterian Church, 3500 S. Peoria Ave,. Tulsa | 24/7
  • Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Dr., Jenks | 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Fellowship Lutheran Church, 6727 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa | 2 - 5 p.m. - Leashed pets Allowed
  • Uma Tulsa, 2160 S. Garnett Rd., Plaza Santa Cecilia, Suite F | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Open through Saturday 

9:00 a.m. June 21

PSO said they've restored power to over 100,000 total customers, leaving 104,000 in total remaining without power.

7:54 a.m. June 21

More than 92,000 Public Service Company customers in Tulsa County remain without power. Mayor G.T. Bynum confirmed Tulsa city councilors will discuss the storm damage today.

8:00 p.m. June 20

According to a press statement, Public Service Company of Oklahoma says it has restored power to over 90,000 customers in the state. As of the statement's release, over 113,000 customers remain without power.

PSO released this estimate of times that power will be restored per county:

  • Mayes, Delaware, Craig, Osage and portions of Rogers County – Between now and 5 p.m. Wednesday
  • Tulsa, Wagoner, Creek and portions of Rogers County – Between now and 5 p.m. Saturday

4:00 p.m. June 20

Tulsa officials held another press conference to update the public on recovery efforts.

Mayor G.T. Bynum expressed his gratitude to Greg Treat for signing the emergency declaration as acting governor, noting Treat had earlier visited Tulsa to survey the damage.

Bynum and other officials, like TPD Chief Wendell Franklin, warned the public to be aware of scam artists posing as contractors as rebuilding efforts continue.

Fire Chief Michael Baker warned of carbon monoxide poisoning risks from generators, as emergency crews have already responded to over a dozen calls of carbon monoxide incidents.

Dr. Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, said five health clinic locations remained without power.

2:43 p.m. June 20

Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in ten counties affected by the recent storms. Treat was informed he was acting governor around 1 p.m. today, according to a press release.

2:08 p.m. June 20

Governor Kevin Stitt called on Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat to sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency in ten counties (Creek, Delaware, Harper, Mayes, Pawnee, Payne, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Choctaw), according to a press release.

9:38 a.m. June 20

As of this update, more than 118,000 are without power in Tulsa County, which make up most of the more than 134,000 outages throughout the state.

A greenwaste site is now open to the public starting at noon today at East Latimer Street and North 89th East Avenue. The site is open until 7 p.m. every day and will reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

A heat advisory has been issued for Tulsa from 1 p.m.-9 p.m. today. To find a cooling site, visit cityoftulsa.org.

9:39 p.m. June 19

Tulsa County Emergency Management Director Joe Kralicek says the county has submitted an emergency declaration request to Governor Kevin Stitt's office. Stitt announced his office has enacted emergency waivers to help with the recovery efforts.

Kralicek says more than 320 properties with damage have been recorded by the county. He expects more than 500 total will be counted.

8:23 p.m. June 19

Thousands of residents are still without power following a severe thunderstorm Saturday night into Sunday morning. Debris from downed trees, lamp posts and more littered many streets throughout the Tulsa area as crews continue to work to bring power back.

One person has died.

As of this update, more than 139,000 customers remain without power, with more than 122,000 of those customers in Tulsa County, according to the outage map tool on the Public Service Company of Oklahoma's website.

Here are more updates that have happened throughout the day:

5:30 p.m. June 19

EMSA issued its first Medical Heat Alert of 2023 for the Tulsa Area, remaining in effect through at least Saturday, according to a press release. An official from EMSA had previously stated during the city's afternoon press conference that such an alert would be issued.

"EMSA medics have responded to five suspected heat-related illness calls and have transported two patients to local hospitals in our Eastern Division," according to the press release.

EMSA recommended the following safety precautions:

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing – even indoors. Don’t wear any restrictive clothing like spandex that will limit your body’s ability to stay cool.
  • Limit alcohol and/or caffeine consumption.
  • Check on elderly friends and family as well as those with preexisting medical conditions twice daily– that may mean making house calls and encouraging loved ones to leave their homes for an air-conditioned location until power is restored.
  • Pay attention to weather and heat safety messaging and share those messages with those who may have limited connectivity when possible.
  • Don't hesitate to visit a cooling station in Tulsa – be proactive about finding the nearest open cooling station. Encourage loved ones to do the same.

EMSA issues a Medical Heat Alert when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period, according to the release.

4:43 p.m. June 19

Governor Kevin Stitt announced via Twitter the state has "enacted emergency waivers to assist in power and storm recovery."

4:30 p.m. June 19

Tulsa County Parks announced that all summer camps will be held at South County Recreation Center tomorrow, June 20, according to its social media pages.

Tulsa County Parks released a list of park openings and closings, according to the post:

  • South County Recreation Center will be open, as well as the pool.
  • Chandler Park remains closed.
  • O'Brien Park Recreation Center, restrooms, and splash pad will remain closed.
  • Haikey Creek Park is open.
  • LaFortune Park, trails, and restrooms remain closed.
  • LaFortune Park Tennis Center has no power but outside courts are open for play.
  • There is no power at LaFortune Park Golf Course and South Lakes Golf Course.
  • South Lakes and LaFortune Park Par 3 is open for play.

3:30 p.m. June 19

Mayor G.T. Bynum and other officials held a press conference to update Tulsans on the recovery efforts. It was announced that one person died due to a respirator not being able to operate due to the power outage.

Max Bryan is a news anchor and reporter for KWGS. A Tulsa native, Bryan worked at newspapers throughout Arkansas and in Norman before coming home to "the most underrated city in America." Several of Bryan's news stories have either led to or been cited in changes both in the public and private sectors.
Ben Abrams is a news reporter and All Things Considered host for KWGS.
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