FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Saturday evening, multiple Indiana Michigan Power crews responded to downed power lines due to downed trees, limbs and downed poles. The windstorm with wind gusts exceeded 50 mph, caused outages affecting around 31,200 customers around 7:30 p.m. in Indiana and Michigan. I&M stated that residents could possibly not have power restored till Sunday or longer.
Outages in Indiana included around 16,000 and Michigan about 15,200. The Fort Wayne area including Avilla, Decatur and Fort Wayne totaled around 8,300. The South Bend area had around 5,600 and the Muncie area about 2,100.
Since then, crews have been hard at work trying to restore power to customers. More than 12,000 have been restored, including two thirds of Indiana residents. Approximately 19,000 customers remain without power as of 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Indiana residents still without power are down to 3,700 with Allen County having only 200. Allen County residents still without power are expected to be restored sometime Sunday.
Indiana Michigan Power warns customers to be aware of the hazards of wind storms. Always consider downed wires to be energized and dangerous. Keep away from them and anything they touch. Wires can be touching fences or hidden under tree limbs and debris. Customers are asked to call 800-311-4634 to report any downed wires.