A devastating ice storm cut off power to over one million people, and brought widespread damage and auto accidents to a large part of Oklahoma and surrounding states on December 8-11, 2007. Freezing rain accumulated on trees and power lines, bringing the lines down and leaving around 600,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Officials say it will several days to restore power to everyone. Hundreds of auto accidents were reported on ice slick roadways. The ice storm was the result of persistent widespread rain that fell into a shallow layer of below freezing air. This allowed the rain to freeze upon contact with exposed objects.
Photos of icing on vegetation and tree damage in northwest Norman, OK on December 10, 2007. Photo Credit: Beverly Reese
Photos of icing and tree damage in the southern part of Norman, OK on December 10, 2007. Photos taken from the 6th floor observation deck at the National Weather Center. View is looking south towards the Canadian River and OK State Highway 9 is in the foreground. Photo Credit: NWS Norman, OK
Photos of icing and tree damage in Moore, OK on December 10, 2007. Photos Credit: Gayland Kitch, Director of Emergency Management & Communications, City of Moore, Oklahoma