Nearly 20,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan lost electricity after strong storms, lightning and high winds blew through the areas overnight.
As of 9 p.m., only about 20% of customers were without power as crews continued to work on restoring power to affected residents, the utility said.
Crews discovered numerous fallen trees and limbs, reporting a total of 31 broken poles needing replacement, 11 damaged poles needing repairs and at least 33 spans of wire down as a result of the storm, according to a news release from the utility.
More than 2,400 Indiana customers are experiencing disruptions – including about 1,600 in Fort Wayne, the utility said.
By 9 p.m., Michigan had about 3,900 without power, with about 3,000 in the Benton Harbor area and 900 in the Three Rivers area. Indiana had only 140 without power, including 120 in Fort Wayne and less than 20 in South Bend. The utility said all customers should have their power restored by 3 p.m. Sunday.
To see the updated I&M outage map, click here.
Please pay attention to several safety precautions:
· Downed power lines. Stay away from any downed wires and report them to I&M. You can call us at 800-311-4634, report on our app or website, or call 911.
· Trees could fall or drop limbs at any moment, please look up.
· Standing water could hide debris or even downed wires.
· Roads will likely be wet, slick and covered with debris.
· Traffic lights may not be functioning. Please use caution and be mindful of first responders and utility workers on the roadways.
· Crews will be following all CDC guidelines on physical distancing and we urge the general public not to approach our crews.
· Temperatures and humidity levels remain high for this time of the year. We urge anyone working outside to look for signs of heat stress and take appropriate precautions at the first sign of heat-related fatigue.
Source: Indiana Michigan Power