Ice storm takes over Northeast Indiana

Indiana Michigan Power crews were able to restore power to about half of the customers who lost service during Tuesday's ice storm. Heavy winds and ice had a major impact on northeast Indiana not only knocking out power but damaging property.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 8:40 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2019 11:28 AM

**UPDATE**

As of Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Indiana Michigan Power crews have restored 94% of customers who lost service during Tuesday's ice storm.  More than 250 line workers are working to safely restore the remaining 1,700 customers as soon as possible.

Full restoration for Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana is expected by Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Just when you thought a break was on the way from old man winter after the polar vortex, this ice storm comes, and with vengeance from power outages to downed trees.

"The biggest issue by far is the ice build up in trees and limbs those come down in power lines. If it just touches the power line and stay in contact, it can knock out power. Some of them just fall through and take the lines down with them," Michael Bianski from Indiana Michigan Power said.

It was not a good morning for Brent Warfield who lives in Garrett.

"In the middle of the night I heard a bunch of tree limbs going down and noise everywhere. The fire alarms police were going off all night. Just kept hearing booming from trees. I stepped outside it was ice covering everything," Warfield explained.

He didn't think he'd be the next victim.

"My brother gives me a call and says you need to check out your car. you've got a tree on it," he said.

He was able to move majority of the tree limbs from his car but as you can see the ice storm was so bad that it left pieces frozen on top of the car hard to remove.

Indiana Michigan Power urges the public to be cautious of downed power lines and trees that could be damaged causing the risk of limbs or the tree falling.

I&M Power also wants you to report outages on their new mobile app and report wires that are down by calling 800-311-4634

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