AES Indiana, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), is continuing to make progress to restore power to its customers affected by Thursday’s devastating storm. More than 200 AES Indiana and contractor line crews, tree crews, underground crews, and in-office support personnel have been working safely throughout this effort and will continue to do so with the goal of being 90% restored by late Sunday and 100% restored by mid-day Monday, barring any other severe storms.
The AES Indiana service territory experienced wind gusts more than 80 mph. Thursday’s storm has been classified as a derecho storm – one that included a wind damage swath that extends more than 240 miles and has wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Thursday’s storm had the force of a tornado and the mass of a hurricane.
AES Indiana increased its personnel by 50% and brought in additional crews from neighboring utilities in Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee to help with the restoration efforts. At its peak, more than 80,000 customers were impacted by Thursday’s severe storm. As of 4:00 PM Saturday, approximately 16,000 customers remain without power from the storm. Crews have been challenged by the severity of the damage caused by high winds, fallen trees and downed power lines.
AES Indiana reminds customers that we always work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Our power restoration process is designed to address emergency situations first and then to restore power to as many customers as possible.
Customers experiencing extended outage durations are urged to have an emergency back-up plan in place. Customers can find safety and outage tips by going to aesindiana.com/safety-tips. Social media will be used to update customers throughout this restoration efforts process. Additionally, updates will be made to aesindiana.com/storm-updates.