Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas have been dealing with a brutal attack from three different ice and sleet systems for two days. It has left communities looking like war zones with trees and debris littering the streets and as of Wednesday's third wave, over 368,000 people are without power in Oklahoma.
Power lines were filmed popping, starting fires with blue flashes of electricity.
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Major ice storm in OKC & west near El Reno OK. The 1” ice on power lines snapped poles for miles across Canadian co… https://t.co/M11XVRz7Yc— Jeff Piotrowski (@Jeff Piotrowski) 1603834563.0
Devastating ice storm https://t.co/IsAHaFLVqs taking down power lines left and right in NW OKC. #okwx #koco5 https://t.co/q5lfvGvYuu— Michael Armstrong (@Michael Armstrong) 1603808976.0
This is why ice storms are so dangerous. Freezing rain causes ice build up on power lines and tree limbs. The tree… https://t.co/wcpSLzwWb2— Emily Sutton (@Emily Sutton) 1603739981.0
Oklahoma took the brunt of the hit from the storm, plunging the state from a colorful Autumn into trees, flowers and multi-colored leaves completely encased in ice.
One of the most heartbreaking problems was the "Survivor Tree," a tree that remained standing despite the horrific bombing on the Alpha P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The tree has lasted through the bombing as well as 25 years of storms, tornadoes, hurricane-force winds, snowstorms and ice. But 2020's ice storm took down a large branch on the north side of the tree, sending it tipping and possibly uprooting itself.
SURVIVOR TREE: The Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City Memorial has some damage from the ice storm. A big limb is do… https://t.co/t2NZ5Jxb43— Zach Rael (@Zach Rael) 1603814506.0
Teams are working hard to try and save it, but it's unclear if the tree will make it. The bombing memorial staff said that they will continue to monitor it 24/7 through the storms. Seedlings have been taken of the tree throughout the years so that even if the tree is destroyed, its descendants can take over in memory.
Memorial and OK State Forester Crews continue to work on the Survivor Tree this morning at the Memorial. We lost a… https://t.co/yv8GPjS3Bz— OKC Memorial (@OKC Memorial) 1603813893.0
Meteorologists have said it's the earliest ice storm on record and it may become the costliest when everything is finally repaired and cleaned up.
As you know we have a crazy ice storm in #OKC (not on my Oct 2020 bingo card) and we still have tons of flowers blo… https://t.co/Yxhv24TzLl— Kara (Hill) Hall (@Kara (Hill) Hall) 1603851081.0
I currently have no power due to an ice storm. We lost power yesterday and the power company is overwhelmed. The bu… https://t.co/dyhLsxLvBr— Stewart🐰💗🌸 (@Stewart🐰💗🌸) 1603811263.0
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This is one of the worst ice storms I've ever witnessed! Trees are absolutely destroyed across parts of Oklahoma Ci… https://t.co/QLtUKXQcIc— Stephen Jones (@Stephen Jones) 1603815377.0
Definitely the worst ice storm I’ve experienced by far. Power still out. More and more large limbs coming down. It’… https://t.co/5b2pZzoBqM— Tomer Burg (@Tomer Burg) 1603817048.0
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That was a very close call! Watch as the weight of ice from the Oklahoma ice storm breaks this massive tree limb, j… https://t.co/Drrx8DM7TD— Nick Merianos (@Nick Merianos) 1603892738.0
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This afternoon World Weather News is from across the Atlantic ocean. Good morning everyone, Branches and trees w… https://t.co/vZv4gHoiWU— Kernow Weather Team (@Kernow Weather Team) 1603898569.0
SEVERE ICE STORM in Chillicothe, Texas with an inch of freezing rain accretion on power lines and trees. Over 500,0… https://t.co/N5mwZAjDX7— Reed Timmer (@Reed Timmer) 1603857658.0
Our historic surprise October ice storm has abruptly ended the growing season. Bye flowers...annnnnd, there goes th… https://t.co/V0LKTE3v3y— El Cid (@El Cid) 1603810012.0
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