Many left without power from strong winds

(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Some people were without heat Monday morning because of strong winds overnight.

Indianapolis Power and Light Company officials say 777 customers were in the dark early Monday. Duke Energy reported about 2,000 outages.

LINK | IPL outages and Duke Energy outages

The howling wind is what’s blamed for taking down lines in the area. IPL wasn’t expecting widespread outages but there were enough to keep crews that were on standby out working.

24-Hour News 8 caught up with one crew moving fast to restore power to people near 35th and College. The need for power and heat was becoming more and more urgent as the day moved forward.

Bitter and dangerous cold is settling in. Leaders in Indianapolis spent much of the weekend preparing for this latest frigid blast.

Mayor Greg Ballard offered many warnings for residents to do the same. He asked schools and businesses to delay opening Monday for the safety of anyone outside.

Monday morning, City-County government and courts were waiting two hours to open.

If you need a warm place to stay, Indy Parks and Rec does offer four 24-hour warming centers.

Those are available at Krannert, Broad Ripple, Brookside and Garfield parks.

It was 40-degrees Sunday night. The temperatures dropped overnight into the single digits.

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