Part of the roofing atop the Ripley County Courthouse
clock tower was torn off by strong winds early
provided by Sheriff Tom Grills
Update Thursday, April 21 at 8:08 a.m.:
Southeast Indiana REMC crews made plenty of progress overnight by restoring most of the remaining outages after Wednesday morning storms.
Spokesman Barry Lauber said Thursday morning that less than 30 outages remain throughout the seven counties the co-op serves, a large improvement from about 640 outages reported Wednesday afternoon.
Most of the remaining outages are due to utility poles which were broken in half or damaged equipment.
"Line crews will concentrate on these outages today as many poles will have to be set - some in very wet and difficult areas," Lauber said.
Duke Energy still has 54 outages to restore in Boone County as of Thursday morning, mostly in the Walton and Richwood area where winds of up to 120 MPH struck.
Update at 9:20 p.m.:
Some residents should be prepared to remain without electricity through the night.
Southeast Indiana REMC says about 640 customers remain in the dark across the seven counties the utility company serves as of Wednesday afternoon.
"Given the number of b roken poles and areas that crews cannot access due to high water, many REMC members' electric service will not be restored today," said REMC spokesman Barry Lauber, apologizing for the inconvenience.
Additional crews are set to arrive Thursday morning to assist with the restoration effort.
SEI REMC office personnel continue to take calls regarding outages and low hanging power lines. Customers can find updates from the company at www.seiremc.com or at www.facebook.com/seiremc.
All Duke Energy outages in Dearborn and Ripley county have been restored since this afternoon. About 50 outages remain in Boone County, where at one time after the storms blew through there were nearly 3,000 outages reported.
The swollen Whitewater River from atop
Suspension Bridge Road in Whitewater
Township in Hamilton County.
provided by Sharon Pope Lutz
Original story posted at 2:07 p.m.:
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Straightline winds may have gusted up to 120 MPH in Richwood, Kentucky.
That’s according to the National Weather Service, whose representatives are out surveying damage done in areas at Richwood and Walton.
Semi trailers, a shelter, and vending machines were toppled over by the strong winds early Wednesday morning at the Interstate 75 rest stop.
Rising Sun was also in the path of that cell. Several barns and homes had roofs and exterior walls blown off.
Power outages continue to be widespread. At 1:15 p.m., Duke Energy reported over 1,600 homes and businesses without power in Boone County. Just under 300 outages with Duke were reported in Ripley County.
Southeast Indiana REMC has increased the number of outages its crews are tasked with restoring to 2,300 customers.
REMC did have outages down to about 750 around 8:00 Wednesday morning, but the number has continued to spike across the seven counties they serve.
“Line crews continue to address numerous broken poles and trees power lines. The increase in outages is a direct result of trees continuing to fall as a result of last evening’s high winds and rain creating flooding and soggy conditions,” said SEI REMC spokesman Barry Lauber.
Flooding in some areas is also making the restoration process more difficult.
People are reminded to stay clear of all power lines. Do not attempt to remove trees or debris from power lines as they may still be energized.
If you have information of damaged poles or electric lines, call 1-800-737-4111 and report it, or you can email your message to www.seiremc.com.