Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

December 9, 2009

Duke Energy reports 4,200 Kokomo customers lose power

Employees of Casey’s General Store on Webster Street stood in the building with no lights on and the doors locked early Wednesday afternoon.

Outside, the wind howled as gusts up to 50 mph blew snow horizontally through the canopy-covered gas pumps.

Aaron Roseberry, a manager for the franchise, said the employees had no choice but to close the store. Without electricity, the gas pumps would not work.

A few minutes later, the lights came on and they were back in business.

The gas station/convenience store was one of several thousand businesses and homes scattered around Howard County that lost power Wednesday because of high-speed wind gusts that ripped down power lines.

Duke Energy reported 4,200 outages in its Kokomo district. There are about 41,000 customers in the area.

There were 266 customers left without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Angeline Protogere, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, said Kokomo was the hardest hit by power outages among the company’s 780,000 customers in the state.

A power outage forced Indiana University Kokomo to cancel classes for most of Wednesday.

Paul Nowak, IU Kokomo’s vice chancellor for external relations, said the university lost power about 11 a.m., forcing it to close its doors for afternoon and evening classes. Nowak expected classes to resume today.

The campus has back-up generators that provide power for essential functions, such as security lights, Nowak said, but they do not provide enough energy for the campus to operate as normal.

“I don’t recall ever losing power for an extended period when we had to close down campus” before Wednesday, he said.

The last time IU Kokomo canceled classes was after a heavy snowfall in January. But administrators closed the university because of safety reasons, not a power outage, Nowak said.

Maple Crest Elementary School, Maple Crest Middle School and the Kokomo-Center Schools administration building also lost power, but classes continued by flashlight, KCS spokesman Dave Barnes said.

Because the outage happened during lunch for many of the students — on a day when pizza is usually served — the schools ordered more pizza to make sure all of the kids had a hot lunch, Barnes said.

“The kids were having a great time,” Barnes said. “That’s what education’s all about. It’s a whole new experience.”

• Scott Smith, Tribune staff writer, contributed to this report.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • iRead program 03 Indiana improves overall rank on national child well-being report

    More Indiana parents are earning at least a high school diploma and their children are performing better in school too, but the advances in education still are not enough to counteract the lingering effects of the 2007 recession and lift families out

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • City agrees to allow billboard company to fix six structures Six more billboards will be put back up after the city reached a settlement with Burkhart Advertising. The agreement will allow Burkhart to repair and put back up six of the 11 billboards it owns that were damaged by tornadoes on Nov. 17. Five other

    July 21, 2014

  • Bonuses distributed to Howard County employees Employee bonuses were distributed for the third consecutive year for Howard County employees. The bonuses, which were approved during budgeting sessions in September, allowed full-time employees to receive $1,000, while part-time employees received $

    July 21, 2014

  • Indiana governor's residence gets honey bee hive INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Governor's Residence is getting a bee hive to call its own. First lady Karen Pence was scheduled to unveil a honey bee hive Tuesday morning at the Governor's Residence on Indianapolis' north side. The hive and its bees w

    July 22, 2014

  • NWS - KT072214 - IUK chancellor Sagamore Wabash WEB PIC - MS IUK Chancellor Sciame-Giesecke receives Sagamore of the Wabash Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke received the state’s highest recognition on Saturday when she was honored with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash, presented by State Sen. Jim Buck.The presentation, on behalf of Gov. Mik

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Howard County jail to undergo improvements The Howard County Jail will be seeing some exterior renovations in the coming months.Howard County Commissioners approved $89,151 in improvements to the jail during their regular meeting Monday.The improvements include a parking lot resurfacing for $

    July 22, 2014

  • Indiana's bills for highway damage face challenge INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A trucking company is asking the state appeals court to limit the Indiana Department of Transportation's authority to sue over damage done to state highways. The challenge is in court as the highway agency is trying to collect mor

    July 21, 2014

  • Indiana aligns livestock ID with federal program INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state Board of Animal Health has voted to adopt standards that align Indiana with a federal livestock identification program aimed at helping agriculture officials quickly track livestock in cases of disease. Indiana State Vet

    July 21, 2014

  • Haskett, Bella mugshot Team raising funds for Walk and Roll for Spina Bifida TIPTON — Much like other 5-year-olds, Izzabella “Bella” Haskett has many interests. She loves spending time with family and friends. She’s very inquisitive, and as her grandmother Sherri Haskett tells it, “talks a mile a minute.”Enjoying the outdoors

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fair results

    ElectricGrand Champion, Zachary A. JohnsonReserve Grand Champion, Kelsey L. MontgomeryChampions — Braxten M. Barlow, Division 3 Electric Award - desktop calculator; Caleb Dockery, Division 1 Electric Award- notebook; Zachary A. Johnson, Advanced Divi

    July 21, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries