A stretch of severe weather from south central Indiana to northern Kentucky resulted in a variety of problems Wednesday night. For thousands of potential viewers in Bartholomew County, power outages knocked out some or all of the final televised presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

About 2,900 Duke Energy customers experienced either complete or intermittent blackouts that began at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, utility spokesman Chip Orben said. Those outages on the west side of Columbus were the result of a lightning strike on a pole that took down wires and impacted the utility’s transmission and distribution system, Orben said. Most Duke Energy customers had their service restored by 9:15 p.m., about 15 minutes after Clinton and Trump began trading words in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Similar problems were experienced between 8 to 10:30 p.m. by 93 Bartholomew County REMC customers, utility spokeswoman Marty Lasure said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.