Intense storms throughout Michiana result in power outages

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email

Dark clouds and tornado warnings made for a stressful dinner hour for all of us across Michiana.

When those storms hit they came with black skies and pouring rain that made it tough to see and wind that left trees bouncing and bending.

But thankfully the loud thunder and fierce lightning did not leave behind widespread damage.

While the damage was not widespread, we didn't totally escape the storm's wrath.

There are power lines, tree limbs and even some trees down around the area.

As of Saturday night, almost 6,400 I&M customers are without power in St. Joe, Elkhart, Berrien and Cass counties.

NIPSCO is reporting that more than 2200 of its Michiana customers are out.

And Midwest Energy has about 750 out in Dowagiac, Hartford and Watervliet.

Dispatchers tell us Mishawaka wasn't hit too badly in terms of damage.

There were a few trees down and manhole covers displaced but no reports of power outages.

Mishawaka resident Jennifer Collins said she was outside trying to grab some of the siding that had been ripped off her home when she heard a crash.

“It came down fast and it came down hard,” she recalled. “It ripped the siding off, it pulled my fence down, my front porch caved in, I got leaking in the house, it's bad, it came quick.”

Newscenter 16 will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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