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Strong winds causing damage in, around Bartholomew County

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Robust winds have begun to cause damage throughout Bartholomew County.

Emergency management officials said the most significant risk to public safety late this afternoon is a utility pole that snapped at the base near the Edinburgh Outlet Mall.

The pole was left dangling above one lane of U.S. 31 near Marketplace Drive. Authorities were forced to close one lane of the highway, slowing afternoon rush hour traffic.

In the area known as East Columbus, a number of downed limbs or trees were reported in the 2200 block of Park Avenue.

Earlier in the afternoon, a tree or log was blocking the junction of Jonesville Road and State Road 46, but emergency workers were able to quickly remove the road hazard.

Columbus police said scattered trees have been damaged or blown down throughout the city’s park system, and the handball wall at Lincoln Park was damaged.

More damage is possible tonight as a strong storm system continues to bring much colder weather, along with the possibility of snow, into south-central Indiana.

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