Storms rip through Greater Lafayette; neighbors respond

More than 1,800 homes are still without power in Greater Lafayette.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 11:34 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 6:52 AM

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, Duke Energy reported more than 650 outages on Lafayette's south side.

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — More than 1,800 homes are still without power in Greater Lafayette.

Neighbors are continuing to pick up the pieces.

News 18 spoke with some of them about the damage to their homes and also asked Duke Energy how long the outages will last in the area.

"It was real quiet and all of the sudden it started to rain," said Shirley Drake. "We got the hail and then the winds really picked up hard."

Wind was the biggest contributor to Wednesday's powerful storms. Some gusts reached upwards of 70 miles per hour.

Trees down, power out and neighbors were frightened.

"They were scared to death," said Zachery Glowe. "I was scared. My girlfriend was scared. It was a mess."

It was a mess that needed to be picked up.

Duke Energy provides power to almost 60,000 homes in Tippecanoe County.

The company is working around the clock, but it needs your help.

"We don't always know exactly know everybody who is out of power," said community relations manager of Duke Energy, Dan Rhodes. "So everybody should call in and report when there power is out so we make sure that we get everybody restored."

Complete restoration could take one to two days according to Rhodes.

"We don't even have a full picture of this point of the total damage," said Rhodes.

Tree damage ran through Drake's 47-year-old home and Glowe's house.

"We survived and it fell in the best possible place, so the good Lord was watching over us," said Drake.

"Can't really control mother nature," said Glowe. "Started to blow the garage door in and then a branch fell and knocked the garage door in ran and put the kids in bathroom and got them safe."

Safety is what is most important. Protect yourself before your valuables.

Rhodes said plant life plays a pivotal role in the clean up process.

"Everything we have seen so far is vegetation related," said Rhodes. "It takes longer because we have to get that cleared out of there before we can do the work. 

If you do have an outage please report it.

You can also send any of your storm damage photos to WLFI using the Report It feature.

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 68°
Rensselaer
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 72°
Fowler
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Williamsport
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
69° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 69°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 68°
Delphi
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Monticello
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 68°
Active Pattern Ahead
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 73287

Reported Deaths: 3036
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15701725
Lake7496275
Elkhart480184
Allen3835163
St. Joseph342381
Hamilton2723104
Vanderburgh192213
Hendricks1871108
Cass17869
Johnson1741118
Porter129439
Clark120247
Tippecanoe118911
Madison94365
LaPorte89430
Howard88465
Kosciusko84712
Bartholomew78047
Marshall77422
Floyd77246
Monroe74630
Delaware71452
Dubois68712
Boone67246
Noble66329
Hancock64738
Vigo61910
Jackson5855
Warrick57930
LaGrange55710
Shelby54627
Grant52630
Dearborn49628
Morgan46734
Clinton4303
Henry37620
Wayne36810
White36110
Montgomery35221
Lawrence34227
Decatur33532
Harrison32723
Putnam2868
Miami2692
Scott26610
Daviess26420
Greene24634
Franklin24114
Jasper2342
DeKalb2304
Jennings22412
Gibson2214
Steuben2073
Ripley1997
Fayette1867
Carroll1852
Perry18412
Starke1777
Posey1700
Orange16924
Wabash1653
Fulton1642
Wells1622
Jefferson1602
Knox1510
Whitley1516
Washington1391
Tipton1379
Spencer1313
Huntington1223
Newton11810
Randolph1184
Clay1165
Sullivan1131
Adams962
Jay910
Owen871
Pulaski791
Rush764
Brown731
Fountain732
Blackford632
Ohio635
Benton610
Pike530
Parke511
Vermillion490
Switzerland460
Crawford440
Martin430
Union390
Warren221
Unassigned0202

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events