This week’s fourth round of storms rolled through I&M’s service territory overnight and early Thursday morning, Aug. 12, creating a few thousand additional power outages. 22,000 customers are without power as of 9:00 a.m.
- The first storm Monday/Tuesday caused 17,000 customers to lose power at peak;
- The second wave Tuesday/Wednesday affected 27,000 customers at peak,
- The third storm yesterday peaked at 39,000 customer outages.
- Storms last night/this morning affected another several thousand.
The utility has more than 1,000 personnel working long hours in the heat, humidity and inclement weather, and they say they won’t stop until the last light is turned back on.
Damage from the recent, and ongoing, storms includes 36 broken poles, 17 damaged transformers, 20 broken pole crossarms and more than 200 spans of downed power lines.
Below are the estimated times of restorations. However, more severe weather is possible today, which may hinder restoration efforts or cause additional outages:
- 90% of Southwest Michigan customers are estimated to be restored by 10 p.m. tonight.
- 90% of Fort Wayne and South Bend areas are estimated to be restored by 10 p.m. tonight.
- 90% of Elkhart area customers are estimated to be restored by 6 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) night.
In addition to Indiana Michigan Power, NIPSCO crews also report around 17,000 electric customers without power.