Around 1,500 Indiana Michigan Power are still without power after two rounds of severe weather pushed through Michiana on Saturday, June 26. That number is down from the more than 13,000 customers who were in the dark by late Saturday night. Most of the outages are in the South Bend area.
Estimated restoration times for the affected areas are:
- Southwest Michigan – fully restored by 11 p.m. Sunday Night
- Elkhart area – fully restored by 11 p.m. Sunday Night
- South Bend area – fully restored by 11 p.m. Monday
The first round of storm moved through around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The second round moved through around 7:30 p.m. Both rounds produced Tornado Warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for the South Bend metro area, though there was no confirmation that a tornado actually touched down.
The wind speed exceeded 60 miles per hour in some spots.
A moderate risk of severe weather remained in the forecast for Sunday.
A majority of the power outages were reported in the South Bend area by 8:30 p.m.
Drivers are advised to treat any intersections where the lights are out as all-way stops.
Statement from Indiana Michigan Power:
Indiana Michigan Power will be working through the night Saturday/into Sunday morning to restore power as severe storms continue to roll through Michiana. Multiple rounds of heavy rain and strong wind gusts have disrupted service to customers in Indiana and Michigan – most of the affected customers are in the South Bend, Elkhart, Three Rivers and Buchanan areas.
I&M employees are working as quickly and as safely as possible, however, more rain and possible storms may hinder efforts and cause additional outages. Crews are responding to safety hazards such as fallen trees on power lines; checking substations; and assessing damage to other electrical equipment.
I&M recognizes a power outage is inconvenient for our customers and communities and we appreciate their patience as crews work safely to restore power. We will continue to provide updates with outage information and restoration estimates as work continues.
- Stay away from any downed wires, especially given the wet conditions, as electricity can travel through water. Please report downed wires to I&M. You can contact I&M by calling 1-800-311-4634, report on our app or website, or call 911.
- Be careful around debris and fences. Fallen limbs and other debris can hide downed power lines, and a downed line may be contacting a fence out of line of sight. Look around carefully.
- Given the rain, the soil is very saturated. Trees could fall or drop limbs at any moment, please look up.
- Traffic lights may not be functioning. Please use caution and be mindful of first responders and utility workers on the roadways.
- I&M employees and contractors will be working alongside the road and in neighborhoods. We urge the public not to approach our crews.
- If you use a generator, please follow all operating instructions from the manufacturer. Don’t use gas-powered generates in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, like inside a garage or a home