Power nearly restored for area I&M customers

This pole, right by Lakeside Middle School on Lave Avenue, snapped Monday afternoon.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  – Indiana Michigan Power has restored service to most northeast Indiana customers who lost power due to high winds Monday morning.

Sustained high winds that continued through much of the day caused more customers to lose electricity throughout the day. As of 1 a.m. Tuesday, about 230 customers were without power in Allen County. The peak outage occurred around 2 p.m.

I&M’s outage map indicated other area counties were restored. At 1 a.m. Saint Joseph County near South Bend had approximately 700 without power.

Winds took down many power lines and several poles were broken, which according to I&M resulted in about 12,500 outages across Indiana. A Fort Wayne high school, Bishop Luers, closed school early as a result of power issues. A student told NewsChannel 15 when the lights began to shut off at the school it was scary.

“At first the lights were flashing a little bit, then they came back on fully, then they came back on for like 5 seconds, then they went off again,” Blane Cook said as he was leaving school for the day. “Teachers came around they had megaphones and flashlights and stuff and were like, ‘Hey we need you to stay in the rooms.’ It was definitely scary at first.”

Photos | Wind damage in northeast Indiana 

At one point, Northeastern REMC reported more than 500 outages in Columbia City and the Whitley County EMA tweeted earlier that much of the city was without power. Northeastern REMC, Heartland REMC, and NIPSCO reported full power restoration at 1 a.m.

High wind warnings are in effect for the area until 7 p.m. on Monday. Automated recording equipment reported a 60 mph wind gust at Fort Wayne International Airport. Just before noon, Tracey Warner with I&M said there had been 50 incidents reported, most of which were wind blowing down power lines or trees on power lines.

Check out the information below to check and report outages in your area. 

NOTE: Power outages mean some traffic signals may not be working. Remember that these intersections should be treated as four-way stops.

I&M information

Northeastern REMC information

United REMC information

Kosciusko REMC


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