By IVY HERRON
More than 2,600 Clay County residents and businesses lost power for about an hour because of an early morning storm Tuesday.
"A substation located at Murphy and Hendrix streets was affected by the storm, causing the power outage (for Duke Energy customers)," said Angeline Protogere, spokesperson for Duke Energy. "Customers lost power at 7:19 a.m. and it was restored at 8:10 a.m."
Officials at Duke Energy reported 1,670 customers to lose power, while Parke County REMC reported approximately 1,000 customers without power.
Ron Hale, assistant general manager of Parke Co. REMC, said a substation at Reelsville that provided power for Clay County residents experienced problems because of the storm. He expected the power to be returned to customers quickly.
"Hopefully, before they read about it in the paper," he said.
In Brazil, the power outage started at Lambert Street and continued eastward through areas north and south of U.S. 40 affecting street and traffic lights.
People on their way to work and school automatically treated intersections without traffic lights as four-way stops, which could be why the Brazil City Police Department reported no accidents.
Bus drivers let children off at two schools, East Side Elementary in Brazil and Van Buren Elementary at the intersection of N. C.R. 200 E. and C.R. 1200 N., to wait in the gymnasiums until the power was restored, according to Frank Misner, director of Transportation for Clay Community School Corporation.
The power outage was believed to be responsible for at least two erroneous fire alarms. No fires were found.
Editor Frank Phillips contributed to this report.