Thousands without electricity, trees down due to strong winds

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Strong winds brought down trees and triggered power outages that left thousands of people without electricity on Thursday evening.

A Wind Advisory was in effect through 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, which reported peak gusts of 60 mile per hour in Crawfordsville and 63 miles an hour in Frankfort.

Duke Energy reported having over 8,000 outages on Thursday evening. Among the hardest hit areas were New Castle – which accounted for nearly 3,000 of the homes and businesses in the dark, along with the communities of Kokomo, Lafayette, Carmel, Greencastle and Terre Haute.

“Outages are the result of high winds blowing trees and limbs into power lines,” said Duke Energy spokesman Lew Middleton,”the latest estimated restoration times are 1 a.m. Friday, but many customers will be restored before then.”

Meantime, Indianapolis Power and Light reported just over 600 customers without power, with the outages appearing to largely be in northwest and west Marion County.

If you need to report an outage or downed power lines, you can contact IPL at 317-261-8111 or call Duke Energy at 800-343-3525.

Elsewhere…

– In Carmel, police said power was out at Clay Terrace, with lights dark in the mall and stop lights out at 146th Street and Clay Terrace Blvd.; West Road was closed in both directions between 131st Street and 141st Street on the west side because of downed power lines.

– In Peru, a tree had reportedly blown over and hit a house in the 200 block of West 3rd.

– In Madison County, Emergency Management officials said power lines were down in the roadway at 60th and Ridge Kee; State Road 32 was closed at 900w for a large tree in the road.

– Near Thornton, a large tree was reported down along with power outages and roof damage to nearby buildings about two miles west of town.

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