Power likely not restored to all until late Wednesday night

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Indiana Michigan Power crews have restored power to about half of customers who lost service during the ice storm on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and expects to complete restoration by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

By early Wednesday morning, more than 400 I&M employees, contractors and employees of other utilities will be in the field to restore power.

These are the estimated times of restoration by area:

  • Southwest Michigan: 3 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana: 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • South Bend/Elkhart: 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Customers should be aware that high winds are forecast for tonight and could lead to additional outages.

Ice accumulating on trees and branches was a major cause of outages. As of Tuesday afternoon, crews have identified 30 places where wires were down and more are expected to be identified. As of 4 p.m., approximate outage counts by state and county were:

INDIANA: 10,650
• St. Joseph County: 4,900
• Elkhart County: 3,300
• Allen: 650
• Noble: 800
• LaPorte: 350
• DeKalb: 650

MICHIGAN: 3,550
• Berrien: 2,100
• Cass: 350
• St. Joseph: 850
• Van Buren: 250

I&M is urging residents to be cautious of downed power lines as well as trees that could be
partially damaged and at risk of dropping limbs or falling.

Downed wires should always be considered energized and dangerous.

They also advise to watch for wires down that could be touching fences or hidden under tree limbs or debris.

Call I&M at 800-311-4634 to report any downed wires.

Customers can also report outages and check the latest restoration information for their account via the I&M website (IndianaMichiganPower.com/Outages) or their mobile app; search for Indiana Michigan Power in the App Store or Google Play to download.

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