Duke Energy has restored power to 43,000 customers impacted by the powerful winds that moved through Indiana this past 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 customers who remained without power as of 11 a.m. today, Duke Energy has moved employees and contractors from its Ohio and northern Indiana service areas to supplement local crews in southern Indiana.
The areas most impacted by the power outages 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.
In addition to making repairs, Duke Energy crews are surveying the extent of damage. Damage assessment is an important part of the power restoration process as it helps determine where the company will deploy its workers, equipment and other resources.
Duke Energy will provide estimated power restoration times for specific counties – once those estimates have been determined – at duke-energy.com/outages/current-outages.
Customers who are registered for Duke Energy text alerts will receive a text once an estimated restoration time is established for their location. (Sign up to receive outage alerts.)
“The additional crews we’ve moved from other service areas should help speed power restoration now that the storms have passed,” said Chris Ciminero, Duke Energy incident commander for the storm. “I thank our customers for their patience and understanding as our crews work to safely restore power as quickly as possible.”
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