Thousands in Indiana still without power during coldest outbreak in 20 years

Number of outages down

INDIANAPOLIS - Thousands of people in Indiana were still without power on the coldest morning in 20 years.

The outages began Sunday as heavy, wet snow blanketed central and northern Indiana, with Indianapolis receiving the second-highest single day snow total in the city's history at 11.4 inches.

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Indianapolis Power and Light reported roughly 5,300 outages as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, down from a high of around 30,000.

Duke Energy reported roughly 40 outages as of 11:30 p.m., down by hundreds from earlier in the morning. 

"The challenge has been battling new problems that have developed," said Russ Atkins, Duke's Midwest vice president of engineering. "In areas such as Fishers, the combination of extreme temperatures and high demand has caused some equipment failures, including infrastructure that is underground, which can take longer to repair." 

Duke estimated the power would be restored to all customers in Fishers by 4 p.m. Tuesday, estimating that customers without power in Martinsville would be restored by noon Tuesday and those in Terre Haute would get power back by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

At the height of the storm, more than 67,000 Duke and IPL customers lost power. Smaller electric companies in central Indiana have also experienced outages.

Duke said Monday that it expected to restore power to most customers by noon Tuesday.

IPL and Duke said extra crews have been out, working day and night to restore power to those in the dark.

Repairing the outages is taking longer because workers have to take more breaks to avoid frostbite or hypothermia.

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