Restoration efforts continue after Monday's severe storms
Local utilities are going into the third day of restoration efforts following Monday’s severe weather. Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and hurricane-force winds, resulting in downed power lines, broken poles and fallen trees.
As of 9 a.m., Indiana Michigan Power was reporting about 10,000 customers without power, down from a peak of 40,700. The vast majority of those outages are in the Fort Wayne area, where power is expected to be restored by 11 p.m. (EST) Thursday. However, some customers in the hard-hit Waynedale area could remain without power beyond that time.
NIPSCO expects all customers will be restored by 6 p.m. Thursday. As of 9 a.m., the utility was reporting about 480 customer outages — down from a peak of more than 32,000.
In Southwest Michigan, Midwest Energy is reporting about 800 customers without power, down from a peak of about 7,000. In a release, the utility said crews expect restoration efforts to last through the day.
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