by Emily Armentrout
Storms ripped through the Midwest on Nov. 17, causing severe damage across most of Indiana. Parts of Peoria, Ill. were leveled. Clermont, Butler and Hamilton counties in Ohio were hit hard, as were Kenton and Campbell County in Kentucky. Indiana’s hardest hit counties included Howard, Tippecanoe, Bartholomew, Vigo, Clinton, Fountain, Tipton, Henry, Cass, Monroe, Hendricks, Carroll, Greene, Vermillion, Hancock, Brown and Wabash. Winds in Wabash County reached 69 miles per hour.
These storms caused over 57,000 power outages across Indiana. The outage numbers are thankfully dropping as Duke Energy and NIPSCO work to restore power to their many consumers. According to Duke Energy’s website, “some customers may be without power longer because they live in areas that are temporarily inaccessible due to fallen trees or areas where safety is a concern.”
As of Monday, Wabash County had two streets still closed: Mill Creek Pike and 900 N east of SR13.
The quickest way to report a power outage if you are a Duke Energy customer is by calling 1-800-345-3525.
Governor Pence went to tour the storm damage on Monday, Nov. 18.
His tour took him through Kokomo, Logansport, Lafayette, and Washington. His first stop was the Kokomo Delco Plant, where Mayor Greg Goodnight, U.S. Representative Todd Rokita and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann joined him. He also visited the fire station on U.S. 31 and Boulevard Road before heading to Logansport Airport to be joined by Mayor Ted Franklin. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski joined Governor Pence at the National Guard Armory and Voestalpine. Governor Pence’s last stop took him to Bethany Christian Church in Washington, where he met with Mayor Joe Wellman and Congressman Larry Buschon.
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann will also tour damage in Lebanon and Marion.