In power outage, some debate leaving their homes

Jordan Ryan says the temperature in her house has dropped into the 40s since her power went out.
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The dangerous winter weather is made even worse by power outages because many homes have no heat.

IPL says it had 65,000 customers without power at the peak of the snowstorm. Thousands were still in the dark as of Monday night.

Many homeowners have left to stay with family, friends or at a shelter. But even in the cold, some don't want to leave.

After 26 hours without power, it feels like winter inside Jordan Ryan's Indianapolis home. The living room windows are iced over and the temperature is still dropping.

"It's gone down about one degree maybe every two hours or so. Now it's at 44," Jordan said.

She was told power may not come back on until Thursday.

"I have three, four layers, lots of blankets. The bedrooms at the front of the house are the most insulated, so we've been hanging out there and we take turns going to the neighbor's house across the street," Jordan explained. "I didn't really start to feel uncomfortable until today about lunchtime."

In her Fountain Square neighborhood, one side of the street has power. Jordan's is in the dark. About 20 homes have been that way since Sunday afternoon.

Even though many of her neighbors left to seek warm shelter, Jordan wants to stay because of her pets.

"I really don't want to leave the animals," she said. "I've been debating this all day. I don't know if I'll be able to sleep with it being that cold. I really don't want to leave the cats. But I might feed everyone, leave for the night, come back first thing tomorrow. But I'm scared I'm not going to physically be able to get back."

Jordan is one of thousands still without power across Indianapolis. Restoring it is a dangerous job. IPL crews have been battling the elements all day and night.

But it's also dangerous trying to stay safe in a cold home, as each hour brings a deeper freeze indoors. Jordan realizes that, but was still concerned about leaving her cats alone there.

"If I can sleep in bed with a coat, that might work," Jordan said.

A few hours after our interview, Jordan told us she and her family decided she had to get out of the house. So she's staying somewhere safe and says she'll check on her pets first thing in the morning.

Check power outages here for IPL and Duke Energy.