Strong winds could pose a problem for trees, powerlines

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INDIANAPOLIS – Strong winds tonight could cause major problems for homeowners; the threat of severe weather could mean trees and powerlines knocked to the ground.

Indianapolis Power & Light met for a pre-storm meeting. They will have more crews working tonight fixing possible power outages and answering people’s calls. The company is watching the forecast closely.

“We don’t ever want there to be a situation where you have outages. We want to be able to react and respond and get those customers restored as soon as possible,” Brandi Davis-Handy with IPL said.

If you see a powerline on the ground, you are urged to contact IPL. Do not take care of it yourself. People should stay away from powerlines on the ground. Hoosiers should call 261-8111.

Tonight’s storm could knock down trees as well.

“If it’s bad enough tonight, we’ll actually be out in it,” Michael Pell with Vine & Branch said.

Pell is a sales manager with the company. He said their crews are prepared to respond tonight to remove trees that pose a danger.

“There’s obvioulsy a concern and it kinda puts us in emergency mode,” Pell said.

If you have trees around your home or business, Pell said you should regularly have someone do maintenance work and inspections on them.

Central Indiana has been slammed with back to back storms. The ground is saturated and tonight’s weather could impact trees

“You could have the strongest tree and with the right winds and the right mother nature direction it could go,” Pell said.

Even if your tree remains intact and even if your tree looks healthy, Pell said Hoosiers should consider getting them inspected before spring storms pop up.