By ANDY MCCAMMON
As of this morning, power had been restored to all Duke Energy customers in Brazil and Clinton in the wake of the Sunday storm that ravaged power lines and homes, businesses and other structures across the state. West Terre Haute had 37 outages this morning, but those are expected to be back on by this evening.
Two crews from Duke Energy, Ohio, remain on the scene, helping Indiana crews complete repairs to power lines.
"I want to tell our customers, 'Thanks' for their patience," said Rick Burger, a district manager with Duke Energy (formerly Cinergy PSI). "I think we also did a good job given the magnitude of the damage."
Burger said 14,000 of Duke's Indiana customers remained in the dark Monday afternoon, down from the 121,000 who lost power as a result of the storm.
Bedford was hit hardest by the storm; some 3,000 customers in the south central Indiana town were still without electricity, Burger said Monday. But Terre Haute -- where power has yet to restored to 300 Duke customers -- wasn't far behind, according to a Duke Energy press release listing the Indiana cities that suffered the most damage.
Auxiliary crews from North Carolina -- 100 of them, Burger reported -- were dispatched Monday to aid in the repair effort. Two helicopters continue to survey the damage from the air, and hundreds of Indiana-based Duke employees are working toward restoring power to all of Duke's customers.
"Our employees are working hard, and we've got a great team," Burger said.
In addition to knocking out the lines powering tens of thousands of Indiana homes, the storm toppled 64 Duke transmission towers in the southern part of the state.
"They just laid down like dominoes," Burger said.
Editor Frank Phillips contributed to this report.