FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The following is a release from Indiana Michigan Power.
More than 900 employees of Indiana Michigan Power, other power companies and business partners are working together to restore power across I&M’s service territory.
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The approximate number of as of 5 p.m. were:
- Indiana total customers: 7,000
- Fort Wayne area: 3,900
- South Bend area: 2,900
- Muncie area: 150
- Michigan total customers: 14,800
- Benton Harbor area: 13,600
- Buchanan area: 675
hree Rivers area: 500
ESTIMATED TIMES of RESTORATION (ETRs)
- Fort Wayne and Avilla area: 11 p.m. Thursday
- Decatur area: 11 p.m. Tuesday
- South Bend/Elkhart area: 11 p.m. Wednesday
- Muncie/Marion area: 6 p.m. Wednesday
- Benton Harbor area: 11 p.m. Friday
- Buchanan area: 11 p.m. Wednesday
- Three Rivers area: 11 p.m. Wednesday
Many of them are now on the ground restoring service to our customers, while others will be arriving soon at the impacted areas.
As of 5 p.m., I&M has restored power to more than half of the 51,875 customers who lost service as a result of the Monday evening derecho.
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Damage has been significant, with crews finding at least 50 broken or damaged poles so far.
Most damage was caused by the strong winds blowing trees and branches into energy equipment.
Significant outages occurred throughout I&M’s service territory.
Damage was particularly heavy in the Benton Harbor, Michigan area, where winds of 66 mph were higher than other areas served by I&M.
In addition, many rural areas outside of Benton Harbor have tough terrain and are difficult for crews to reach.