October 22, 2018 10:30 a.m. Storm Update

Indiana Michigan Power has restored power to more than 90% of Indiana customers and 2/3 of Michigan customers affected by Saturday’s storms and high winds. 6,600 customers remain out as of 10 a.m., down from a peak of 31,200.

Gusts exceeding 50 mph caused trees and limbs to fall, tearing down power lines and breaking dozens of poles across I&M’s territory. Crews have worked hard over the weekend, and I&M appreciates our customers’ patience as we continue to repair the widespread damage. Our crews will keep at it, working 16 hour days until power is restored to all of our customers. Additional crews from Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin have joined us in Michiana to assist, and our crews finishing repairs in the Fort Wayne and Muncie areas are heading north as well.

The approximate numbers of outages per county are:

INDIANA:  1,200

  • Allen County: 50
  • Elkhart County: 50
  • LaPorte County: 350
  • Randolph County: 100           
  • St. Joseph County: 650



  • Berrien County: 4,650
  • Van Buren County: 750


The Marion, Ind. and Three Rivers, Mich. areas have been fully restored. The estimated restoration times for customers remaining out are:

Fort Wayne Area

Fort Wayne and Avilla areas: 100% restored by noon today

Muncie/Marion Area

Muncie area: 100% restored by midnight tonight

Winchester area: 100% restored by 3:30 p.m. today

South Bend/Elkhart Area

South Bend area: 90% restored by 3 p.m. today, 100% restored by 3 p.m. tomorrow

Elkhart area: 100% restored by 4 p.m. today

Michigan Area

Benton Harbor area: 90% restored by 6 p.m. today, 100% restored by 3 p.m. tomorrow

Buchanan area: 90% restored by 6 p.m. today, 100% restored by 3 p.m. tomorrow

Today and tomorrow our crews will be increasingly working on side roads, in neighborhoods and in customers’ yards. Please be aware of our trucks and personnel on narrow roads and slow down/move over when passing by.

Remember, 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. Also keep your eyes out for broken limbs and branches that may not have fallen yet. Look up and check your surroundings to make sure you stay safe.

Customers are encouraged to report outages every 24 hours, and can do so or 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.

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