I&M reports still 68,000 without power after Tuesday morning storm

News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN) |

July 01--Two lines of storms that passed through I&M's service area Monday night/Tuesday morning brought with it wind gusts ranging from 60 to 70 miles per hour. This severe weather took down an abundant a large number of trees and branches, power lines and utility poles, which caused power outages for about 74,000 I&M customers, the utility reported.

As of 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, I&M reported 68,000 customers were without power, including 22,000 in South Bend, $4,000 in Elkhart, $6,000 in Fort Wayne, and 700 in Avilla.

Crews are currently trying to finish assessing the extent of damage. Tree crews are working to remove debris so that restoration work can begin. Crews have found 64 poles, 27 crossarms and several transformers that will need to be replaced and it is likely that the number will continue to grow, according to I&M. Outside help from other utilities will begin to arrive this evening to help in restoration efforts.

I&M does not have estimated restoration times but expects to know by Tuesday night.

Many electrical wires are down. The public should consider all wires to be energized and should not go near any downed lines.

To report a power outage or safety concern customers can call: 1-800-311-4634 (IN) or 1-800-311-6424 (MI).

Outages and safety hazards can also be reported via mobile device by visiting www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/mobile/outages.

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