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More than 14, 500 Duke Energy customers without power in Tippecanoe Co.

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UPDATE: News 18 has received a statement about Wednesday's outage from Duke Energy Spokesperson McKenzie Barbknecht.

"On Wednesday afternoon, a cross arm on a transmission line in Lafayette, Ind. malfunctioned and required emergency repair. In order to safely make repairs to the damaged equipment and to ensure continued reliability, Duke Energy crews deenergized a major power line that feeds a large number of customers in the downtown area. This resulted in a power outage that impacted 14,567 customers and lasted approximately two hours. As of 9 p.m. this evening, the vast majority of customers have had service restored. We greatly appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as our crews worked to safely restore power as quickly as possible."

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- More than 14,500 Duke Energy customers are without power in the area. According to the company website, power is estimated to be restored by 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Duke Energy posted this statement on its website:

"In order to safely make emergency repairs to damaged equipment in the downtown area of Lafayette, we have deenergized a major powerline that feeds a large number of customers in the area. We expect these repairs to take approximately four hours. We apologize for the inconvenience and will work as quickly as we can to have the service restored."

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