Power crews continue to restore electricity after Saturday’s wind storm

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Strong winds with powerful gusts swept through Indiana Michigan Power’s service territory
throughout much of the day Saturday, disrupting power to thousands of customers. As of 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, more than 11,000 local customers were still without power.

I&M crews restored power to numerous customers throughout the day, but the incessant winds continued to cause additional outages, many of them due to trees and limbs hitting lines.

I&M crews continue to restore power, and they will be joined by more than 200 line workers and support personnel who will provide mutual assistance. Crews from Ohio are already driving to I&M’s service area, and others will arrive early Sunday.

OUTAGE COUNTS IN THE MNC LISTENING AREA

  • South Bend area: 13,500
  • Elkhart area: 900
  • Benton Harbor area: 50
  • Buchanan area: 2,900
  • Three Rivers area: 1,600

Power to more than 90% of customers in most areas is expected to be restored Sunday. While the majority of customers in the hard-hit South Bend area are expected to see their power restored Sunday, some will likely be without power into Monday. Many of the mutual assistance crews will go directly to South Bend. After other crews restore power in the Muncie, Fort Wayne and southwest Michigan areas, many will move to South Bend to restore power there.

The following estimated times of restoration are when I&M expects to restore power to more than 90% of customers. Many customers will be restored before the listed times:

Indiana:
• South Bend/Elkhart: 6 p.m. Monday

Michigan:
• All areas: 10 p.m. Sunday

Customers can receive updated restoration time information by:
• Using the I&M app to monitor your account – IndianaMichiganPower.com/App
• Enrolling in text and email alerts on the app or at IndianaMichiganPower.com/Alerts
• Seeing the location and status of outages – IndianaMichiganPower.com/OutageMap

NIPSCO also reports several hundred customers without power in the MNC listening area. Check real-time NISPSCO outages here.

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