Power outages persist after Monday night’s storms

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Winds topping 70 miles per hour, hail and heavy rain, plus lightning that lit up the sky kept weather interesting during the rounds of severe weather on Monday evening, June 13.

Today, the clean-up begins.

Reports of downed trees, limbs and branches and downed power lines dot the region. More than 10,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers are without electricity in the Michiana area. Nearly 27,000 I&M customers are without power in the Fort Wayne area.

Around 27,000 NIPSCO customers are also without power.

Midwest Energy reports around 7,000 customers without power in Southwest Michigan.

95.3 MNC received the following update and information from Indiana Michigan Power:

I&M crews are working across northeast Indiana and southwest Michigan this morning to
restore power to nearly 40,000 customers who lost service as a result of the powerful storm that carried winds up to 98 mph overnight.

This morning, I&M is marshalling additional resources to help with restoration. More than 100 restoration workers are already in transit to I&M’s area, and several hundred more are
expected.

I&M has already restored power to hundreds of customers affected by the storm that swept from the northwest across southwest Michigan, the South Bend/Elkhart area and northeast Indiana.

APPROXIMATE OUTAGE NUMBERS:
TOTAL: 39,800
INDIANA: 29,600
Fort Wayne area: 28,900
South Bend area: 700

MICHIGAN: 10,200

HOW I&M RESTORES POWER:
Power restoration is prioritized in 4 steps to ensure public safety and restore as many
customers as quickly as possible:
1. Main circuits delivering electricity to essential public safety facilities such as hospitals, 9-
1-1 call centers, water treatment facilities, and police and fire stations.
2. Large areas of affected customers where single repairs can restore hundreds or
thousands of customers each.
3. Small clusters of homes where single repairs restore dozens of customers each.
4. Individual lines of service where single repairs restore one or two homes each.

SAFETY INFO
Please pay attention to several safety precautions:

Downed power lines. Stay away from any downed wires and report them 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.

The heat index is very high. Safety is the top priority for I&M employees and our
customers with an increased focused on hydration due to the heat.

We urge the general public not to approach our crews. For your safety and ours,
please do not approach I&M employees and contractors working to restore power.

For more safety tips during and after a storm, please visit
IndianaMichiganPower.com/safety/storms/

STAY INFORMED

I&M encourages customers to use the Indiana Michigan Power app to monitor the status
of any outage affecting your home or business. IndianaMichiganPower.com/App

You can sign up for text and email alerts on the app or at
IndianaMichiganPower.com/Alerts

See the location and status of outages using our outage map
at IndianaMichiganPower.com/OutageMap

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