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Thousands wake up in the dark Sunday

It's been a busy Sunday for electric crews across central Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It's been a busy Sunday for electric crews across central Indiana. Some people still don't have power after winds gusting upwards of 50 miles per hour knocked down trees and power lines.

Thousands of people woke up in the dark. In one particular spot near 71st Street and Michigan Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis, about 1,600 people didn't have power after wind swept through the area. That includes the apartment complexes where Westlane Road and Township Line Road come together.

Outages hit more than just homes, as we saw several traffic signals also not working. Indianapolis Power and Light crews have been working through the day to try to turn the lights back on.


We also saw damage from the strong winds, like a tree that down on Meridian Street just south of 71st Street. Its branches blocked both southbound lanes of traffic.


The north side wasn't the only part of Indianapolis hit hard by these outages. There were also issues downtown.

"I woke up this morning and I could hear the generators because they've kicked on before," said Mackenzie Skalski, who lives downtown. "I was wondering if the power was out."

The power was out at Whole Foods and Starbucks on Market Street. People we talked with say they noticed how windy it was.


"Luckily I only had a very short walk today, but when I left Orange Theory, the doors were flying open," said Skalski. "It is really windy and I feel like it's gotten windier since I woke up this morning around 9:30 am."

There were several other scattered outages, but crews are continuing to work through the windy conditions.