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After severe storms left about
800 Bartholomew County REMC customers without power for more than three hours Thursday morning, more bad weather might be heading our way today.
With the arrival of a cold front, a few severe storms are possible this afternoon and evening, bringing the potential of damaging winds and large hail, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Koch in
At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, lightning caused one of three circuits at a northern Bartholomew County substation to fail, which resulted in the outage in the German Township area southeast of Taylorsville, REMC spokeswoman Marty Lasure said.
All affected homes and businesses had their power restored by 10 a.m., Lasure said.
Meanwhile, a lightning strike blew out a fuse that resulted in a much smaller
outage for Duke Energy
customers in a northern Columbus neighborhood. From 7:15 until 8 a.m. Thursday, more than 40 homes in the Sims Addition were without electricity, Duke Energy spokesman Chip Orben said.
Similar to a circuit breaker in a single building, fuses in the Duke electrical system are designed to shut off power to a small area in the event of a damaging lighting strike in order to prevent wider damage, Orben said.
While the storms delayed some buses in the
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. by a few minutes, there were no other problems reported in getting children to their classes, according to a BCSC transportation spokeswoman.
Thursday’s moist and unstable weather was caused by a southerly flow of wind colliding with a high-pressure system over the eastern half of the country, Koch said. Up to 2 inches of rain fell in many areas of south-central Indiana in a four-hour period, he said.
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