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Monroe, Vigo Counties Top List Of 60,000 Power Outages

More than 60,000 Duke Energy customers were without power at the height of Wednesday’s storms, with almost half of those in Monroe and Vigo Counties.

Tree in thirds

Photo: Stan Jastrzebski

A tree on the IU-Bloomington campus split into thirds by strong winds Wednesday night.

Downed power lines were reported across South-Central Indiana and crews moved from trying to restore power knocked out by Monday’s storms to new challenges posed by even more severed trees.  Much of the damage in Monroe County was caused by straight-line winds, which blew one-foot diameter trees across roadways, severely damaged a mobile home park on Bloomington’s western outskirts and tore parts of the roof off of a big box store west of downtown.  Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters said starting just after 10 p.m. Wednesday, reports of damage flooded police phone lines.

“Apparently the first call came in at approximately 10:18 p.m., which was just the beginning of the storm,” Qualters said.  “And that first call was related to the mobile homes being damaged by some kind of incident out around the west SR 45 and Garrison Chapel Road area.  Within that hour, then, from approximately 10:18 p.m. until about 11:18 p.m., dispatch answered approximately 232 calls.”

Many reports included trees crushing cars or damaging buildings, but the property damage was worse in Bedford and Lawrence County.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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