Duke working to restore power in Seymour area; check out video of substation struck by lightning

Video taken by Joe Wright of Seymour. This Duke substation was struck by lightning early Wednesday morning, causing a power outage in Seymour and leaving more than 8,000 people without power.

Updated at 1:15 p.m.

Jackson County REMC is reporting that power to some of its 5,000 customers in Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Scott and Washington counties may not be restored until sometime Thursday.

Updated at noon

Seymour City Hall is closed because of the power outage.

Updated at 10:30 p.m.

Jackson County REMC also has crews attempting to restore power to its 353 customers without power in Jackson County.

The company was reporting that a transmission line just off Tampico Pike between Tampico and Crothersville had been downed because of the storm.

Overall, the company has 5,719 customers without power in itss service area.

Updated at 9:30 a.m.

Duke Energy crews continue to work to restore power to 8,600 customers in the Seymour area.

Chip Orben, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager, said the company is dealing with two issues that led to separate outages.

Reached shortly after 9 a.m., Orben did not have a time for when power might be restored.

The first issue involved a transformer at the Eastside Industrial Park that was struck by lightning, while the second involved a downed transmission pole at Tipton Street and Airport Road. Airport Road is closed because of that downed pole.

Orben said the company plans to pick up customers and restore power as they can.

“We ask customers to be patient through the inconvenience,” he said.

For information, call 800-343-3525.

Updated at 9:03 a.m. Wednesday.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police Versaillies Post said one southbound lane of Interstate 65 near Crothersville reopened at about 8 a.m. this morning as emergency personnel worked to remove a jackknifed truck.

Wheeles said he did not have any information about when the other lane might open. The driver was not injured in that incident, first reported at about 6:30 a.m.

Wheeles also reported that a sheep barn in the Vallonia area had blown down, and there also were some homes with storm damage in the Salem area.

“They were a little harder hit down that way,” he said.

Most of the damage in Jackson County was limited to fallen trees and limbs on houses, vehicles and streets and roads, Wheeles said. He added he had not heard of any injuries.

Duke Energy is reporting that crews are working to restore power from 20 outages reported in the Seymour area.

The largest outage was reported west of the city at 5:49 a.m. today and was affecting 2,012 customers. Crews were still assessing damage at 6:55 a.m. today.

Another outage was reported on the north and west sides of Seymour and was affecting 1,569 customers, including Seymour High School. The outage, first reported at 1:39 a.m. today, was expected to be restored at about 7:30 a.m. today, according to Duke’s website at duke-energy.com/outages/current-outages-indiana.

Seymour Community Schools are closed today because of power issues. Trinity Lutheran High School and Crothersville Community Schools are on two-hour delays this morning.

A third outage was reported at 1:41 a.m. today on the city’s east side and was affecting 1,740 customers. That outage also was expected to be restored at 7:30 a.m.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police Versailles Post reported water was standing on roads.

He advised motorists to watch out for unexpected downed trees and storm debris.

Wheeles also reported troopers were working a wreck involving a jackknifed semitrailer that has the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 blocked near the 36-mile marker in southern Jackson County.

That wreck was reported at about 6:30 p.m. today.

Look for more in Thursday’s edition of The Tribune.