Strong winds cause power outages

By: 
STAFF and AP WIRE REPORTS
Staff Writer

     The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of central Indiana.
    The northwest side of Decatur, as well as residents near Preble, were left without power this afternoon as strong winds snapped an electric pole in the 3500 block of U.S. 224, bringing several others along for the ride. A spokesperson for American Electric Power said approximately 1,500 customers in the Decatur area are currently affected by the power outage. Due to widespread outages in Northeast Indiana, it is unclear how long it will take fro crews to restore power.
    The weather service says many areas of Indiana are seeing sustained winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour with wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. The weather service says the winds will make for difficult driving for high-proifle vehicles, especially on east-west roads. It also says some tree damage is possible.
    NIPSCO was reporting more than 2,000 customers in northern Indiana were without power Wednesday afternoon. Indiana Michigan Power reported more than 2,000 customers in the Fort Wayne area and nearly 2,000 more in the South Bend area, including some in southwest Michigan.
  

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