More than 2,800 Johnson County residents and businesses lost power for up to eight hours Wednesday as a storm with 55 mph winds knocked trees into power lines and broke utility poles.
The storm, which started about 1 a.m., brought nearly an inch of rain and caused trees to fall into roads, glass patio furniture to shatter and debris from a barn’s roof to cross county lines.
About 2:15 a.m., wind knocked one power line into another and caused homes, businesses and stoplights around New Whiteland to go out, Duke Energy spokeswoman Angeline Protogere said. About 1,200 customers were without power until 10:30 a.m.
In other areas of the county, more than 750 Johnson County REMC customers, mostly living in Hickory Stick off Whiteland Road, lost power between 2 and 5 a.m., CEO Chet Aubin said.
Johnson County Highway Department Deputy Director Matt Olson said he expected the storm to cause more damage and was surprised county employees did not have to do more cleanup.
“From what it sounded like last night, it sounded like it’d be much worse than what it was,” he said.
Though winds were high, no residents reported storm damage to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office or Franklin, Greenwood or Bargersville police departments.
County highway employees helped remove debris from a barn that blew over near Morgantown on County Road 800W, which separates Morgan and Johnson counties. They also removed trees from five roads south of Franklin, and the roads were reopened by 10 a.m., Olson said.
One resident reported a metal shed that was blown over in Whiteland, according to the police department.
Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matt Fillenwarth said tree branches fell into the streets and residents’ yards, and business alarms went off from the thunder, but no residents reported any serious damage.
The storm also brought less rain than originally expected, and the National Weather Service ended a flood warning it had issued Monday before the storm began, Johnson County Emergency Management Director Stephanie Sichting said.
County highway employees checked local roads for flooding but found none, Olson said.
Sichting said water levels were high in local streams, but the county did not have any flooding.
“It wasn’t anything like the storm a couple weeks ago. We were lucky,” she said.
About six Shelby County homes located northeast of Edinburgh sustained wind damage, according to Shelby County Sheriff Michael D. Bowlby. He said the porch was pulled from a house near Marietta and a couple of older barns were destroyed.
Approximate number of Duke Energy customers without power
Hours without power for some Duke Energy customers
Approximate number of Johnson County REMC customers without power
Hours without power for some REMC customers