Indiana Michigan Power crews have restored nearly 3,000 customers after last night’s
severe storms caused widespread outages.
Approximately 37,800 customers are without power as of 11 a.m., down from a peak of 40,700.
About 450 I&M personnel and contractors are working across northeast Indiana and southwest Michigan, with an additional 450 mutual assistance personnel on the way to help get the lights –and the air conditioning – back on.
Winds up to 98 mph – the wind speed of a category 2 hurricane – caused many trees and limbs to fall, breaking utility poles, damaging equipment and taking down power lines.
Crews have found more than 60 broken or damaged poles as they continue to assess the widespread damage.
The number of fallen trees is also hampering restoration efforts, as in some places
crews must clear trees from roads just to access equipment to begin repairs.
APPROXIMATE OUTAGE COUNTS AND ESTIMATED RESTORATION TIMES:
Benton Harbor Area 2,660 8 p.m. Wednesday
Buchanan Area 560 8 p.m. Wednesday
Three Rivers Area 4,680 11 p.m. Wednesday
South Bend Area 400 6 p.m. Tuesday
Elkhart Area 200 6 p.m. Tuesday
Avilla Area 2,450 3 p.m. Wednesday
Decatur Area 2,530 11 p.m. Wednesday
Fort Wayne Area 24,250 11 p.m. Thursday
These estimated restoration times are when crews expect the entire area to be restored, but most customers will have their power on well before the posted times.
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