I&M storm update

Staff Writer

    Sudden, powerful thunderstorms with high winds and lightning rolled across Indiana Michigan
Power’s service territory Thursday morning, causing about 16,000 customers to lose service in
Indiana and in Michigan.
    I&M crews began responding to the outages just after they began and as of 10 a.m. have restored more than 7,000 customers, or 40 percent of those affected. A full contingent of I&M crews is in the field assessing damage and restoring power and are being joined by contractors to safely restore all customers.
    I&M encourages all of our customers to be aware of possible storm damage in their area. Be aware of the possibility of downed power lines and stay away from them. Also be cautious of slick roads and the possibility of traffic lights not functioning. Please keep in mind that given the heavy rains in recent days, some trees may be saturated and could drop limbs or fall hours after the storm ended.
    The approximate number of outages in Indiana areas as of 10 a.m. were:     • Fort Wayne area: 3,100;
    • South Bend/Elkhart area: 2,700; and
    • Muncie/Marion area: 1,000.
    In southwest Michigan, about 2,600 customers were without power, most of them as the result of a single outage.
    Estimated times of restoration will be established after all of the damage is assessed. I&M encourages customers to use the Indiana Michigan Power mobile application, available on Apple and Android devices, to monitor the status of any outage affecting your home or business. You can sign up for mobile alerts on the app or at www.IndianaMichiganPower/alerts     Customers can also see the location and status of outages using our outage map at www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/outagemap