Crews to work through holiday to restore power from wind damage

Strong winds knocked a tree onto a house in Muncie. (WTHR)
Thousands without power
Thousands with no power
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A familiar scene happening across central Indiana is that of crews fighting gusty winds trying to restore power to thousands.

"Yeah, this is horrible. On Thanksgiving," said Troy Clark of Eagle Creek on Indy's west side.​

Clark purchased extra candles to get him through the night. He lost power Wednesday morning. By Wednesday evening, damaging winds caused a tree to fall on power lines on West 34th Street, leaving about 300 customers, including Clark, in the dark. ​

"We go through this like twice a year. But I'm like why do we need it today? We don't need it today," said Clark.​

The day before Thanksgiving.​

"We got the food in fridge getting ready for Thanksgiving and if nothing comes on I don't know what we're going to do," said Kely Egbert of Brownsburg. ​

Indiana State Police reported high winds toppled a semi trailer on I-65 south of Franklin.​ In Muncie, a large tree couldn't withstand Mother Nature. Winds uprooted the tree and part of a front lawn and blew it onto a home. ​

Luckily, authorities say there were no reported injuries in any of these incidents. ​

"When I was driving to work today a tree almost hit me out on Fall Creek Road," said Clark. ​

For those still in the dark, crews encourage patience, as they work around the clock. ​

"I'm probably going somewhere tonight because I can't do this whole night. I can't do it," said Clark. ​

Power Outages

Thousands of people are without power.

At midnight Wednesday, IPL reported about 4,000 customers without power, an increase of about 1,000 customers from a couple hours earlier. Meanwhile, Duke Energy reported about 1,500 customers without power in central Indiana at midnight, half of their 9:30 p.m. . IPL had reported more than 9,000 outages as of 6 p.m.

Click here to see outage maps for Duke Energy or IPL customers.

Duke had reported only about 2,200 customers without power at 6 p.m., but a large outage was reported near Lapel around 9:00, putting more than 2,300 customers in the dark. Most of that outage appears to have been repaired.

IPL sent a warning not to go near downed power lines, and immediately report if you see one. Call 317-261-8111 to report downed power lines in Indianapolis.


Due to the large number of outages, IPL crews will work through the holiday to get power restored. The high winds are keeping workers from going up in the bucket trucks and so they are asking people for patience.

We've also been hearing reports of wind damage to businesses.


In addition to homes and businesses, traffic signals are also out.

Boone County reported County Road 550 S is closed east of Willow Road in Zionsville due to downed power lines.


Roadways

On the roadways, a warning to not sit next to a semi with these strong winds.

In Johnson County, Indiana State Police troopers were called to a semi that had its trailer blown over.


Events

Around 2 p.m. the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced opening night of IMS Lights at the Brickyard will be postponed until Thursday.


Just before noon the City of Carmel announced the Christkindlmarkt and the Ice at Center Green will be closed. The winds have the city concerned about the safety for employees and visitors.

If you had scheduled time for the ice rink, the city will work with you to find an alternate time.

There is a high wind warning in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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