Indiana Michigan Power provides Aug. 11 power outage update after severe weather hits Midwest

Indiana Michigan Power crews and contractors, along with other power companies, are working to restore service to the tens of thousands of I&M customers who lost power as a result of a derecho windstorm that hit the Midwest Monday evening.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 10:19 AM
Updated: Aug 11, 2020 10:33 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The following is a release from Indiana Michigan Power.

Indiana Michigan Power crews and contractors, along with other power companies, are working to restore service to the tens of thousands of I&M customers who lost power as a result of a derecho windstorm that hit the Midwest Monday evening.

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OUTAGE NUMBERS

The approximate number of as of 9 a.m. were:

  • Indiana Total Customer Outages: 21,000
    • Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana area: 10,500
    • Muncie/Marion/East Central Indiana area: 950
    • South Bend/Elkhart/North Central Indiana area: 9,400
  • Michigan Total Customer Outages: 19,250
    • Benton Harbor area: 15,800
    • Buchanan area: 1,000
    • Three Rivers area: 2,400

ESTIMATED TIMES of RESTORATION (ETRs)
Crews are actively assessing damage to pinpoint where to direct resources and safely restore as many customers as possible as soon as possible.

Estimated times of restoration will be established after damage is assessed.

A description of the steps in restoring power can be found online

Indiana Michigan Power

As of 9 a.m., I&M crews working overnight had restored power to more than 20% of the approximately 51,875 customers who lost service Monday.

Earlier Monday, I&M successfully restored more than 11,000 customers – most in the South Bend/Elkhart area – who lost power as the result of an unrelated storm early Monday.

RELATED: INDIANA MICHIGAN POWER OUTAGE MAP

I&M is deploying more than 600 employees, contractors and personnel from other power companies to assist with restoration. Many of them are on the ground now, and more are traveling to I&M’s service territory. Given the widespread, extensive damage, this is likely to be a multi-day restoration effort.

Peak wind gusts of 66 mph were reported in Benton Harbor, causing heavy damage in southwest Michigan.

I&M will keep our customers updated about the status of the restoration.

Other reported wind gusts included Kendallville, 51 mph; Fort Wayne, 49 mph; Portland, 48 mph; South Bend, 47 mph.

Numerous tree branches that were blown onto power lines were a major cause of the outages, which occurred across I&M’s service territory.
I&M is reminding the public of the 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.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 111505

Reported Deaths: 3506
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion20699758
Lake10217318
Elkhart6368109
St. Joseph604597
Allen5965200
Hamilton4676109
Vanderburgh334129
Hendricks2650122
Monroe240836
Johnson2257122
Tippecanoe221013
Clark211756
Porter205244
Cass19319
Delaware187061
Vigo176622
Madison157775
LaPorte136737
Floyd130361
Howard127563
Kosciusko119017
Bartholomew114957
Warrick114135
Marshall98524
Dubois94918
Boone94446
Hancock90542
Grant88233
Noble88132
Henry76324
Wayne73914
Jackson7349
Morgan69638
Shelby66529
Daviess64127
LaGrange63011
Dearborn62628
Clinton59112
Harrison56024
Putnam5329
Montgomery50521
Lawrence50328
Knox4869
White47914
Gibson4744
Decatur45339
DeKalb45011
Miami4243
Fayette41813
Greene41835
Jasper3822
Steuben3677
Scott35310
Sullivan32912
Jennings30912
Posey3020
Franklin29725
Clay2925
Orange28224
Ripley2788
Carroll27013
Wabash2638
Washington2581
Whitley2526
Starke2517
Wells2472
Adams2443
Jefferson2433
Fulton2352
Huntington2213
Spencer2194
Tipton21722
Perry20913
Randolph2067
Jay1700
Newton17011
Owen1641
Martin1620
Rush1514
Pike1411
Vermillion1260
Fountain1152
Pulaski1141
Blackford1132
Crawford1030
Brown1013
Parke932
Benton880
Union770
Ohio767
Switzerland680
Warren401
Unassigned0225

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 144309

Reported Deaths: 4615
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin25977603
Cuyahoga17092642
Hamilton12756308
Montgomery7501152
Lucas7119357
Butler563299
Summit5096249
Marion306347
Mahoning2991279
Warren291048
Stark2739168
Pickaway263344
Lorain226386
Delaware213520
Fairfield202050
Columbiana191980
Licking185762
Trumbull1848131
Clark172338
Wood170671
Clermont162620
Lake157649
Medina143038
Allen136767
Greene135228
Miami135049
Portage107466
Mercer105317
Tuscarawas91220
Wayne90166
Erie89944
Ross85622
Richland78419
Madison78012
Darke76039
Belmont70727
Geauga70347
Hancock6579
Ashtabula64348
Athens5972
Lawrence59418
Shelby5819
Auglaize5659
Sandusky55420
Putnam54123
Huron5237
Union4932
Ottawa46530
Scioto4646
Seneca43914
Preble42013
Holmes3717
Muskingum3712
Jefferson3184
Henry29712
Champaign2933
Logan2933
Perry2859
Defiance28110
Clinton27813
Knox27815
Brown2752
Hardin25013
Morrow2492
Washington24823
Fulton2341
Jackson2314
Coshocton23011
Fayette2256
Ashland2234
Highland2203
Crawford2186
Wyandot20112
Williams1983
Gallia18012
Meigs1729
Hocking1619
Pike1580
Guernsey1567
Carroll1507
Adams1214
Van Wert1113
Monroe10618
Paulding1010
Harrison611
Morgan470
Vinton453
Noble270
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