Storms Take Out Power, Crews Working to Restore Power To Customers

(UNDATED) – Monday night’s severe storms caused significant damage across the state, bringing down trees and power lines and breaking utility poles and other equipment.

Some of the hardest-hit areas were Kokomo, Lafayette, Greencastle, and Terre Haute.

According to Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager, more than 67,800 customers were affected by outages from the storm.

“We have restored power to more than 55,200 of those customers and about 12,550 remain without service as of 11 a.m. Tuesday,’ he added. “We expect to restore service to the vast majority of customers by midnight tonight, although many customers will be restored sooner. We have moved crews from less affected areas of our state to regions with the most damage. We’ve also brought in crews from our Ohio and Kentucky operations to help. We will not stop until everyone’s back on, and we appreciate our customers’ patience as crews work as quickly and safely as possible to get the lights back on for all.”

Calloway says there will be some customers who may need to complete repairs to their homes and have inspections completed before Duke Energy crews can complete final restoration.

“For everyone’s safety in this time of social distancing, we ask that you keep a safe distance from our crews so they can safely focus on their work,” Calloway says. “Please call us instead with any questions you have.”

If you see a fallen power line or safety hazard involving Duke Energy equipment, call Duke Energy or contact your local emergency services immediately. Do not touch a power line or anything in contact with it and keep others away until help arrives.

Customers experiencing a power outage can report their outage by phone at 800-343-3525, Duke Energy’s mobile app, online through the company’s website, or by texting their outage to 57801.