(WANE) — Thousands of Indiana Michigan Power customers are without power Saturday as storms and high winds swept across northeast Indiana.
As of 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, the company said it had restored service to more than 80% of customers affected by the storm. About 900 customers are still without power in Allen County.
I&M said it would have power back for Fort Wayne customers by 11:00 p.m. Saturday, although customers in the northeastern part of the city and Northeast Allen County could be waiting until Sunday for their electricity to come back on.
Most outages started just before midnight on Friday.
I&M reported 109 broken poles and 245 individual spans of wires down throughout the southern part of its service area. Most of the damaged poles and wires were found in Marion, Indiana.
Winds recorded at the Fort Wayne International Airport reached 68 mph, and 67 mph near the Delaware County Regional Airport, I&M said.
Over 6,000 customers were also without power Friday evening in Decatur due to equipment issues at a substation.
I&M explained restoration crews can’t operate equipment like bucket truck lifts when winds reach more than 35 mph. With Saturday’s rain and wind estimated to reach at least 50 mph, an estimate on power restoration will come when it’s safe for crews to assess the damage, I&M said.
You can see the outage map by clicking here.