Storm knocks out power in Johnson County


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More than 2,800 residents and businesses were left without power early this morning after a storm with winds up to 55 mph blew through the county.

 

In New Whiteland, one power line fell onto another about 2:15 a.m. and caused nearly 1,800 Duke Energy customers to lose power, Duke Energy spokesperson Angeline Protogere said.

 

About 600 of the customers had their power back by 6 a.m., and Duke Energy employees are still working to return power for the other 1,200 customers, Protogere said.

 

Streetlights are also still out in and around New Whiteland, including one at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Whiteland Road.

 

The power should be returned this morning, but Protogere is unsure of a specific time.

 

Nearly an inch of rain fell in last night's storm, which began at about 1 a.m.

 

Johnson County Highway Department employees temporarily closed five roads this morning to remove trees knocked over by the wind and also helped clear County Road 800W, which separates Morgan and Johnson counties, of debris from a barn that blew over, Deputy Director Matt Olson said.

Olson said all of the roads are now clear, and he expected more damage from the storm.

 

"From what it sounded like last night, it sounded like it'd be much worse than what it is," Olson said.

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