Statement issued at noon Wednesday by Duke Energy:
PLAINFIELD, Ind. – A early winter blast barreled into Indiana late Tuesday bringing with it heavy wet snow, wind and much colder temperatures, which contributed to more than 40,000 power outages for Duke Energy customers. As of noon today, 7,500 customers remain without service.
“We’re seeing significant structural damage to the power delivery system with a number of broken poles and downed lines in the hardest hit areas, including Kokomo, Huntington, Rochester and Wabash,” said Doug Esamann, president, Duke Energy Indiana. “We have every available field crew working to restore power and we’re bringing others in to assist, but the work is progressing slowly because of the nature of the damage. It could be early tomorrow before customers in some of the hardest hit areas have power restored.”
Estimated times of restoration for customers in the hardest hit areas, include:
- Rochester, Huntington, Wabash = Midnight tonight
- Kokomo = 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1
Service for customers in other areas served by Duke Energy should expect service restored today.
With temperatures forecasted by the National Weather Service to be in the low 20s for most of Indiana, Duke Energy encourages customers to plan ahead and make alternative arrangements if they live in those hardest hit areas and have family members or others in their homes who are elderly, ill or susceptible to extreme temperatures.
Duke Energy’s restoration process focuses on a method that will return power to the greatest number of customers as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible. If your neighbors have electricity and you don’t, that could mean you are on a different electrical line that still needs to be repaired.
Customers may report power outages by calling 1-800-343-3525.