FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – More than 600 employees, contractors and personnel from power companies were called in to restore power after storms moved through the area Monday evening. Nearly 52,000 customers lost service during the severe weather, according to a press release from Indiana Michigan Power.
As of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, about 22,000 customers were still without power. Outages covered a widespread area of land in the Fort Wayne and South Bend areas – the service areas covered by Indiana Michigan Power.
About 10,500 customers in northeast Indiana lost power in the storms. Most of the outages were caused by tree branches that were blown on to power lines. The most widespread outages in northeast Indiana Tuesday afternoon were west of Churubsco and east of Auburn.
Indiana Michigan Power shares reminders of possible dangers in the wake of the storm:
- 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. Downed wires
may be hidden by limbs and debris or touching a fence, so look carefully before cleaning
up after the storm.
- Trees could fall or drop limbs at any moment, please look up. Even a day after the storm
subsided, damaged trees, branches and limbs could still fall.
- 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.