Thousands without power as strong winds blow across Central Indiana

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 23:18:50-05

INDIANAPOLIS — As the wind began picking up across the state Wednesday morning, the power outage reports started coming in.

As of 11 p.m., more than 7,400 Hoosiers were without power in the Central Indiana area, with approximately 3,700 Indianapolis Power & Light and 3,700 Duke Energy customers in the dark.

Around 2,000 Duke customers near Lapel lost power Wednesday night.

However, the numbers of people without power decreased as the day went on. At noon there were more than 40,000 households in the dark across the state.

PHOTOS | Wind damage across Central Indiana

IPL vice president of U.S. utility operations Joe Bentley said there is no specific timeline for getting all power restored and that additional outages are possible.

Bentley mentioned the need for the 200 linemen to be safe as the high winds create unsafe conditions for IPL workers, and he asked customers to not get close to downed power lines and trees.

To report an outage, IPL customers can call 317-261-8111 and Duke customers should call 1-800-343-3525.

With gusts topped 40 miles per hour by 8 a.m. and are expected to increase throughout the day, reaching over 60 miles per hour in the afternoon hours. Not only will they affect power to many surrounding areas, they could have a major impact on your Thanksgiving travel and commute home.

A high wind warning has been issued for most of the state from Indianapolis and North, those areas could see over 60 mile per hour winds. South of Indianapolis is under a Wind Advisory, meaning wind gusts could reach over 40 miles per hour at times.