High winds and lightning early Sunday morning caused widespread power outages and toppled trees throughout Bartholomew County.
About 10:30 a.m. Sunday, more than 1,200 Duke Energy customers were without power in the county, according to Duke’s website. By 1 p.m., that number was down to 450 customers.
Chip Orben, spokesman for Duke Energy, said the power company called in additional work crews from Aurora and Greensburg to assist crews in Columbus in restoring power. He estimated all but a few isolated issues would be resolved by 12 a.m. today.
Marty Lasure, spokeswoman for Bartholomew County REMC, said county residents didn’t seem to suffer as much damage as those in the city.
Lasure said REMC customers experienced smaller outages spread throughout the county, but nothing major. She said she expected all storm-related power outages to be restored by the end of the day Sunday.
Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for Columbus Police Department, said local authorities also were busy Sunday morning directing traffic and clearing roadways of tree limbs and other debris. The storm seemed to hit hardest on the north side of Columbus, he said.
Myers said that after a storm, it’s important for the public to remember that police officers can’t always make it out to every intersection to direct traffic, so motorists should treat all disabled traffic lights as if they were four-way stops.