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Homes without power, but situation isn't expected to worsen

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Hundreds of homes had their power restored overnight, and officials expect few new outages today.

Less than 10 customers were without power at 7 a.m., but that number had grown to about 200 people by 8:30 a.m. Duke Energy is responding to an outage affecting more than 100 households or businesses in Franklin, while Johnson County REMC is repairing an outage at Grassy Creek subdivision in Greenwood.

Neither company expected widespread outages in the county today, despite sub-zero temperatures.

Most outages Sunday night were caused when wet, heavy snow weighed down tree limbs into power lines, Duke Energy spokesman Lew Middleton said. While high winds could cause problems today, the cold temperatures aren’t expected to cause additional issues, he said.

If temperatures dropped to 25 below zero, some thinner power lines could become brittle and start to break, Johnson County REMC chief executive officer Chet Aubin said. Temperatures, not counting the wind chill, aren’t forecast to get anywhere near that low.

About 1,000 customers were without power around 7 p.m. Sunday, which Middleton said was the highest amount of outages for Johnson County during the storm. Duke Energy called in more service workers from the Cincinnati area to help with repairs around Indiana, especially in areas such as Terre Haute and Lafayette where there are more widespread outages, he said.

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