Last night, when my husband went home at bedtime to repack our overnight bag, he returned too quickly — so I knew that our power must be restored. Yippee!
We hastily cleaned up the house we were staying in, packed our groceries and our bags (we’d just that day moved most of our freezer’s contents, based on the thermometer inside) and returned to our abode. I noticed while setting the time on the alarm clock that it was still less than one hour since power had been restored. I marvel at this. We’ve been checking relatively frequently, but I was unpleasantly aware that power could be returned soon after a check, or during the night, and we would be elsewhere when we could have been home. I’m so glad that didn’t happen.
With the adrenaline from the news, we started putting the house back together before crashing into our own bed, in our heated home.
Now we can host the very small Super Bowl party that was on the schedule.
Others in our area still wait, though. Carroll Electric reports that it has 16,000 customers are still lacking power. SWEPCO states it has so far restored power to 92% of its customers that lost power. SWEPCO has 1,150 personnel working today. On the news last night, it was reported that five of the shelters in Fayetteville have closed, because they’re no longer needed. Oh, and Ozarks Electric (which spans the Arkansas/Oklahoma border) has 22,000 customers still without power.
KNWA TV news seems to have good coverage at its website at this point.