High winds cut power to thousands

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) High winds knocked out power to thousands of customers in the Fort Wayne area.

High winds knocked down a traffic signal at the intersection of Hobson Road and Lake Avenue on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Shemuel Murray)

Indiana Michigan Power said just after noon Wednesday about 3,000 customers lost power.

Company spokeswoman Erica Putt said a power outage around Dupont Road was affecting about 1,600 customers. Another outage around the Southtown area was affecting about 1,100.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, I&M reported 2,749 outages in Allen County. The company also reported widespread outages in DeKalb, Whitley, and Adams counties. Most of the outages were less than 50 in those counties.

Crews were working on the outages, Putt said.

Heartland REMC and Northeastern REMC did not report any outages as of 11 p.m.

NIPSCO reported widespread outages in northeast Indiana. The largest appeared to be around 150 customers in Angola, according to the utility’s outage map. Most of NIPSCO’s outages were in northern Indiana around Portage, Merrillville, Chesterton, and Valparaiso. The company said on its website it expects 90 percent of the outages to be restored by 7 a.m. Thursday and the remaining outages throughout mid-morning.

AEP Ohio reported less than five customers without power in Van Wert County. 3

The winds took down traffic signals at several intersections, including Rudisill Boulevard and Clinton Street and Hobson Road and Lake Avenue. A pole was also brought down across Interstate 469 at U.S. 27. Several power lines also fell throughout the city.

Wind took down a traffic signal at the intersection of Rudisill Boulevard and Clinton Street on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Kallie Willits) 

I&M Outage Map

The Live 15 Doppler Fury was tracking winds up to 55 mph midday Wednesday.