Strong wind gusts impact Evansville residents and travelers

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EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – If you’ve been outside, you’ve probably felt some of the strong winds sweeping through the area.

Thousands of people lost power early Wednesday morning due to the high winds. Travelers also experienced some unexpected delays.

Wind gusts followed by a cold front blew through the Tri-State.

20 miles per hour winds were so strong you could see white caps in the river’s surface.

“I felt like I was going to get blown over. It was really rough,”said Kendel Baize, a teacher at St. Mark’s Preschool and Childcare.

Baize got an unexpected surprise as she made her way into work.

“I kind of just pulled up and saw that the lights were off and I was like, ‘Okay, the lights are off. That means there’s a power outage.'”

Preschool administrators rushed to notify parents.

St. Mark’s wasn’t the only one affected. Some local businesses and residential areas also lost power.

Vectren reported up to 3,000 people were without power at one point.

We’re not just feeling it here on the ground level.

We spoke with some people traveling through Evansville Regional Airport for the holidays.

“That’s one of the reasons why I took the first flight out this morning,” one traveler told us.

Other travelers said they didn’t expect the high winds to lead to a bumpy ride coming in Wednesday morning.

“The return flight today from Connecticut was extremely turbulent. I had a layover in Detroit. And getting into the midwestern states, you could really, really feel it. But the connection from Detroit to here, with the thick clouds, it was unbearable. It was very, very uncomfortable,” said Rita Newman.

Wind gusts will continue to drop, which is some good news if you plan on traveling Wednesday night.

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 27, 2019)

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