Winter Storm Watch from Friday afternoon through Saturday night for parts of central Indiana

Thousands of customers without power for hours after morning storm

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 24, 2014)-- Power companies responded to thousands of homes due to strong wind gusts.

IPL crews restored power to more than 4,000 customers on Monday. The company was fully staffed and were willing to keep crews longer today until the wind calmed down.

“This is (the) time of year where we let our customers know (they should) prepare for severe weather. So last week it was the cold temps. Whether it’s the wind gusts or snow all of these different elements can impact the power,” Brandi Davis-Handy with IPL said.

Davis-Handy said customers need to contact them, if they have lost their power via their website or calling them by phone.

“Just know our crews are out there. We’re working 24/7, if customers are affected to get that power restored,” Davis-Handy said.

Duke Energy had crews out across Indiana, restoring power to their customers too. More than 7,000 customers lost power on Monday.

Patrick Thomas is a Duke Energy customer. He said his power was restored about 6 hours after he lost it. Thomas has a generator and it started working within seconds of him losing power. An ash tree fell on power lines next to his home.

“I talked to one of the neighbors earlier (to see) if they had any troubles and she said ‘boy, this morning about a little after 9 (a) big gust of wind came through’,” Thomas said.