Power outages reported as winds gust over 40 mph

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Authorities report traffic lights are out, utility lines are down and more than 5,400 central Indiana customers were without power Wednesday night.

The reports came as winds in the area gusted over 40 mph, said 24-Hour News 8 meteorologist Ken Brewer.

Indianapolis Power & Light reported more than 3,800 customers without power shortly before 10 p.m. One of the largest outages involving more than 1,400 customers on the city’s southeast side had been resolved by 10 p.m. IPL outages had exceeded 5,000 earlier in the evening.

Duke Energy, the state’s largest electricity provider serving much of central Indiana, reported 328 customers without power about 10 p.m. The largest outage, involving more than 100 customers, was in the Carmel area.

Emergency responders in Indianapolis were taking calls of power lines and, in one case, a utility pole down.