Severe Thunderstorm Leaves Thousands of Bloomington Residents Without Power

Staff report

Bloomington, IN – June 26, 2024

Over 38,000 residents in Bloomington are still without power at 9:30 a.m. following a severe thunderstorm on Tuesday, according to Duke Energy power outage maps. The storm wreaked havoc across the area, causing extensive damage and leaving the utility company unable to provide an estimated restoration time as they continue to assess the situation.

The violent weather resulted in trees falling on houses, vehicles, and power lines throughout the city. Despite the widespread damage, there were no reported injuries.

One of the most significant impacts of the storm was the collapse of a maintenance equipment storage structure used by Catalent, a pharmaceutical company. The site has since been secured by workers to prevent any further issues. A spokesperson who reached out to The Bloomington said the building isn’t part of daily operations. The building is in a lot across Adams away from the main manufacturing facility.

In addition, the storm caused considerable disruption at Dunn Meadow, where tents set up by a pro-Palestine group were blown down by the strong winds. The protesters took shelter in a nearby structure during the storm.

Residential neighborhoods were particularly hard-hit, with many trees uprooted and resting on homes and cars. Cleanup and recovery efforts are underway, but the extent of the damage has made it a challenging process for both residents and city workers.

“A Local Disaster Declaration has been declared for Monroe County, Indiana, due to the widespread damage around the county.

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners signed the declaration on June 25, 2024.

If you experienced residential or structural damage from today’s storm, please report it on Indiana 211.

#MoCoEMA” – EMA posted to Facebook.

Weather forecasts predict more storms for Wednesday, potentially complicating the ongoing recovery efforts and prolonging the power outages.

Duke Energy has not yet provided an estimated time for when the electricity will be fully restored.

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