It's getting better, but some people won't have electricity much sooner than tonight.
The storm that blew through Clay County Tuesday threatened a main line that feeds the Cinergy electric system, company spokesman Rick Burger said Wednesday.
"We faced a lot of transmission challenges Tuesday due to trees and wind," Burger said.
Crews from Cincinnati Gas & Electric, Indianapolis Power and Light, private contractors and 133 tree trimmers were brought in to help make repairs. Crews worked through the night to repair 136,000 reported outages, Burger said. About 35,000 customers were still without power at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Power should be completely restored by late tonight.
Hospitals and nursing homes have the first priority when it comes to power restoration. Then, Cinergy concentrates on restoring power to large groups of people.
"We have isolated problems now; small groups instead of hundreds," Burger said Wednesday.
Safety must continue to be a priority for residents, Burger said.
"When people see electric lines down, they need to assume those are live wires," he said.
It is entirely possible to step on or touch a live wire laying on the ground due to carelessness. The result can be serious injury or death.