UPDATE: 11 p.m. Thursday
Eighty-five percent of Indiana Michigan Power customers are now back on the grid. They have about 12,000 outages left to fix.
NIPSCO is down to less than 5,000.
Berrien County still accounts for the majority of the outages -- close to 7,000. We're told power should be fully restored across all of Michiana by Saturday.
I&M says the restoration will slow down a bit now because they started by fixing poles that would affect thousands of people at a time.
Now, they're moving on to poles that affect fewer customers. They've replaced hundreds of poles, which has many people wondering if we would be better off putting our power lines underground.
But I&M says that is not necessarily the right solution.
“The fact is you still have outages underground,” explained Brian Bergsma with I&M. “When you have outages underground, something that could be fixed very quickly above ground could take you days underground.”
I&M says if you have downed power lines or trees leaning on poles, give them a call right away.
They'll come out and make sure there aren't any live wires, so you don't get hurt.
Local power company outage maps:
Indiana Michigan Power - www.indianamichiganpower.com...
NIPSCO - www.nipscooutages.com...
Midwest Energy Cooperative - ebill.teammidwest.com...
Kosciusko REMC - kremc.com...
Marshall County REMC - www.marshallremc.com...
The following is a live Twitter feed for the companies listed above:
Tweets from https://twitter.com/WNDU/lists/michiana-power-companies
UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. Thursday
Midwest Energy Cooperative crews, with continued help from contract and mutual aid crews from across Michigan, remain focused on the task of restoring service to southwest Michigan members. Currently just over 100 members are without power. The outage map can be viewed at ebill.teammidwest.com/oms/outageMap.
UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. Wednesday
From Midwest Energy Cooperative:
At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday about 800 Midwest Energy Cooperative members remain without power in the aftermath of the series of damaging storms that crossed southwest Michigan overnight Monday. All crews will continue working into the evening, and two crews will work through the night. Rested crews will resume work first thing Thursday morning.
The storms caused extensive damage across southwest Michigan, including many downed trees and power lines. Nearly 8000 were out Tuesday morning, but Midwest crews, with help from ten contract and mutual aid crews from across Michigan, have made great progress with restoration. Co-op officials are confident that all service will be restored by Friday.
UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. Wednesday
Crews have made great strides today as nearly 7,000 customers have been restored since 9:00 a.m. this morning, bringing the total outage count down under 40,000 – a 47% decrease from the peak.
In addition to the 900 personnel currently working, 157 line and forestry employees will be heading to the Michiana area this evening to assist with restoration efforts.
As residents continue to clean-up tree debris, we ask that customers be alert and on the lookout for downed wires hidden underneath tree branches. Members of the public should never touch any downed line, even if it does not appear to be energized, and report it to Indiana Michigan Power right away.
Customers should report their outage every 24 hours and can do so on their mobile device by visiting www.IndianaMichiganPower.com or by calling us at 1-800-311-4634 (IN) or 1-800-311-6424 (MI).
When using generators, customers are advised to thoroughly read instructions provided by the manufacturer and seek assistance from licensed electricians where appropriate. In addition to electrical safety, generators can produce carbon monoxide.
UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday
From NIPSCO: 95% percent of customers still without power should have service by the end of today. Power should be completely restored by the end of Thursday.
To see when individual cities should have power restored, visit www.nipsco.com/stay-safe/outage-center