Indiana Michigan Power continues to respond to service outages around southwest Michigan by high winds. Below is the utility’s latest statement:
“October 20, 2018 7:30 p.m. Update
Storms and high winds moved across all of I&M’s service territory this afternoon and evening, with gusts exceeding 50 mph. Downed trees and limbs, as well as broken poles and downed wires caused
widespread outages affecting approximately 31,200 customers as of 7:30pm.
South Bend District: 5,600
South Bend: 4,300
Fort Wayne District: 8,300
Fort Wayne: 1,000
Muncie District: 2,100
Benton Harbor: 8,000
Three Rivers: 1,900
Crews are responding to downed wires and working on assessing damages across our system. At this time we are advising customers to prepare to be without power overnight and for an extended outage. Please be aware of the hazards of a wind storm of this type. Downed wires should always be considered energized and dangerous. Keep away from them and anything they could be touching. Watch for wires down that could be touching fences or hidden under tree limbs or debris. Stay away and call us at 800-311-4634 to report any downed wires.
Customers can also report outages and check the latest restoration information for their account via our website ( IndianaMichiganPower.com/Outages ) or our new mobile app; search for Indiana Michigan Power in the App Store or Google Play to download it today.
You can also follow us on Facebook (Indiana Michigan Power) and Twitter (@IN_MI_Power) for the latest updates.”
Police and fire crews are also responding to roads blocked by fallen tree branches. If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and report it to I&M or 911.