Thousands without power across Tri-State after Monday night storms

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 9:20 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 11:40 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Storms rolled in Monday evening causing damage across the Tri-State.

We took the 14 First Alert Interceptor out Tuesday morning to survey some of the damage around Evansville.

You can watch that below.

Crews responded to storm damage incidents in multiple counties including Vanderburgh, Warrick and Gibson counties.

CenterPoint Energy’s power outage map is showing an estimated 3,000 customers without power as of 11:30 Wednesday morning.

CenterPoint says it’s grateful for everyone’s cooperation, especially after so much damage from the storm.

”I think that we have a high pride in knowing that our responsibility is to serve our customers with reliable electricity in the safest way possible,” said CenterPoint Director of Government Affairs Natalie Hedde. “And so we appreciate customers’ patience because, as everyone knows, the weather didn’t give us a break.”

According to CenterPoint’s social media page, high winds have brought down many branches and trees. If you see a wire down, assume it is energized.

They are also advising people not to remove trees or any other object from the line or off of any damaged equipment.

CenterPoint released the following statement in regards to the severe weather’s impact on its electric system in southwestern Indiana:

Monday evening’s storms with high winds and lightning have caused widespread damage to the system throughout CenterPoint Energy’s service area.

As of 10:30 p.m., there are approximately 329 outages with more than 25,000 total estimated electric customers without power. The number of outages could continue to climb as additional storms, potentially even more severe, travel through the service territory late tonight and into tomorrow morning. CenterPoint Energy crews are working to troubleshoot outages and assess damaged equipment and downed wires. However, we expect restoration efforts will be slow-going as crews work throughout the night with the threat of continued storm activity.

“We are committed to restoring service to our customers as safely and quickly as possible. We ask for patience as some areas received heavy damage to trees and equipment, which make it difficult for our crews to access the area and make repairs,” said Richard Leger, Senior Vice President, Indiana Electric. Leger added, “Keeping our crews’ and public safety in mind, improved weather conditions and daylight will be necessary to continue to assess damages and begin repairs. Due to the extent of damage, many customers should plan for extended outages.”

The restoration process begins with facilities vital to safety, health and welfare, such as hospitals, water treatment plants and public service facilities. After key facilities, the company follows its priority restoration process by making repairs to electrical facilities that will return power to the largest number of customers first, then continue the restoration process by prioritizing repairs to benefit the greatest number of customers until power is returned to everyone.

The storms have caused several traffic issues as well.

Evansville police ask drivers to avoid the area of Lloyd and Vann Avenue. They say the traffic light is out.

Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer says Boeke Road is completely blocked.

That’s in between Swonder and the Wesselman Park entrance. Wesselman Woods is closed Tuesday due to damage from the storm.

Out in Vanderburgh County, deputies were called to a wreck involving a downed tree.

They say that’s in the area of St. George Road and Oak Ridge Drive near Oak Hill Road.

Deputies ask drivers to avoid the area and say the road will be closed for an extended amount of time.

Officials with the Evansville Fire Department tell us they were called to 174 storm-related incidents.

The majority of those calls were for downed trees or powerlines.

They say five of the calls were fires caused by severe weather and powerlines.

Our 14 News crews were out in various areas observing the storm damage and reported several traffic lights out, trees down, and blocked roads.

The intersection of the Lloyd Expressway and Vann Avenue was one of many intersections that had...
The intersection of the Lloyd Expressway and Vann Avenue was one of many intersections that had traffic lights disabled.(WFIE)

In one incident, on the corner of Newburgh Road and Fuquay Avenue, a tree had fallen on a car. Witnesses said there were three passengers who all escaped without any life-threatening injuries.

A tree landed on a vehicle at the intersection of Newburgh Rd. and Fuquay Ave.
A tree landed on a vehicle at the intersection of Newburgh Rd. and Fuquay Ave.(WFIE)

In the area of Wesselman Woods, trees were down across multiple roads.

Virginia Street was closed off due to live power lines.

Steven Wire was driving around the neighborhood and told 14 News, that he had seen multiple car accidents.

“There’s a big old tree down across the road and I’ve seen about three cars plow into it, nothing serious,” he said. " The side road down [by Virginia St.] is impassible.”

According to the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, South State Road 65 will be closed most of the night due to trees and lines down in the roadway between 950 South and 1000 South.

We will keep this story updated as we continue to learn more.

You can view pictures and videos of some of the storm damage here.

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