Duke Energy is reporting many power outages and downed lines around the area as of Saturday night. As of about 8:45 p.m., there were 900 customers without power in Columbus and Bartholomew County and 2,250 in Brown County, according to Chip Orben, Duke’s local manager.
Orben says that a large tree has taken out the transmission line to Nashville and the company hopes to have that cleared by midnight. There is no estimate yet on when power might be restored, as there are still broken power poles and cross beams that must be repaired before that can happen .
He asks that if you are without power and have not called the company yet, to do so at 1-800-343-3525. You should stay away from any downed power lines and treat them as if they were energized.