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Strong winds create issues locally

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Winds have been quick throughout Friday. The strongest are now in the rear view mirror, but we did see some problems. One of those problems, power outages, and another, trash collection. Fort Wayne’s NBC Meteorologist Jon Wilson has more on what the wind did overnight and Friday.

Wind gusts exceeded 50 mph at times Thursday night and early Friday.
As a cold front pushed through, it caused a few issues that were noticed through the day.
Howling winds accompanied by much cooler temperatures pushed through last night with force.
Tracy Warner from Indiana Michigan Power says, “At the peak last night throughout our service territory, there were about 3000 customers without power, but crews worked through the night. Most of those were actually in the South Bend area and southwest Michigan. The Fort Wayne area was not hit quite as hard, but we did have several hundred people here.”
A wind gust of 56 miles per hour was recorded at Fort Wayne International Airport.
“The number one cause of outages are trees and limbs blowing into lines, and the outages from last night and this morning are no exception,” says Warner.
Aside from a bad hair day, the windy conditions cause trouble for garbage collection.
John Connerton from Red River Waste Solutions says, “With the wind as strong as it is, it makes things more difficult.”
Red River Waste Solutions says they went out to a mess in some areas.
“We had a lot of cans that were dumped over and trash strewn, and with our type of trucks doing the automated, they have to get out of the truck and stand up a lot of the cans,” says Connerton.
And the trash scattered throughout the street can make a stop last around three times longer, adding up when you consider the number of stops a truck makes.
Connerton says, “Typically, where they could be at a stop for 20 seconds, they might be at each individual stop for a minute now. So as 800-1000 customers in a day, that adds quite a bit of time.”
For the next time when the winds get going and your trash day is coming up, Connerton has a few tips.
“Bagging trash would be a huge thing to keep the small litter from flying when they’re dumping it. Obviously, cardboard and paper, if they were at least to bundle it into the container, it would make it heavy enough that it wouldn’t blow out when the truck dumps it over top.”
Another issue once the trash is collected is blowing cans sometimes getting in the roads.
If you’re home, Connerton says to bring your can back where you keep it as soon as the garbage has been collected.

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson is the Weekend Meteorologist at Fort Wayne’s NBC. You can catch Jon’s weekend forecasts on Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11 p.m.

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