2 P.M. UPDATE
Duke Energy has restored power to 43,000 customers in Indiana from the powerful winds that moved through the state this weekend. Two waves of storms beginning Saturday broke numerous utility poles and brought down power lines, causing power outages for more than 57,000 customers, primarily in Southern Indiana.
To speed power restoration for the approximately 14,000 that remain out of service as of 11 a.m. today, Duke Energy has moved employees and contractors from its Ohio and Northern Indiana service area to supplement local crews in Southern Indiana.
The areas most impacted include Bartholomew, Shelby, Monroe, Morgan, Crawford, Brown and Decatur counties.
Power is expected to be restored to most customers by midnight, but in the hardest hit areas around Columbus, restoration may continue into Monday.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Duke Energy continues its efforts to restore power in the Columbus area with about 23,000 customers out initially and 16,000 restored by early this morning.
About 6,600 customers are still without power in the area, including about 600 in an area from California to Washington streets and up to National Road. This includes the Donner Park area.
Power may not be restored to the area near Donner Park until 6 p.m., Duke officials said.
Those customers have been without power since the the Saturday storm blew through Bartholomew County at about 4 p.m.
Customers can see the most updated information at Outage Map (duke-energy.com) and it is updated every 15 minutes.
Bartholomew County REMC said after the storm exited the county the coop had 2,300 members without power, scattered across the northern part of the county, the largest being an outage to our Rocky Ford metering point with 650 members out. That was restored 20 minutes after midnight and was due to a tree on a transmission line.
REMC currently has 850 members still out of power. Many of these outages have extensive damage to poles and lines and will require several hours to fix. Work is continuing Sunday on those outages
Bartholomew County Emergency Management is providing a list of road closings, which include:
- County Road 225S west of 550W
- County Road 50W north of Marr Road
- Tannehill Roadd from Interstate 65 to 330 W Main St in Taylorsville
- Tecumseh Street in Taylorsville
- County Road 425E South of 350N
- County Road 600E North of 600N
- County Road 50W between 550N and 650N
For more on power outages and road closings, check back here or pick up a Monday Republic.