Thousands without power in Berrien County

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BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) – More than 11,200 Indiana Michigan Power customers were without power in Berrien County Monday afternoon.

At its peak, Berrien County customers affected by the outage topped 14,400.

An outage map from I&M shows that the outages were mostly in the far southwestern part of the county, near the shores of Lake Michigan. The utility tweeted that it was caused by a tree falling on a high-voltage line.

I&M initially estimated a Berrien County restoration time in the 5 p.m. hour, but that was updated to 6:30 p.m.

I&M also listed more than 2,600 customers without electricity in St. Joseph County, mostly on the south side of South Bend. Power was restored to that area by Monday evening.

There were also more than 200 customers affected in La Porte County.

Northern Indiana Public Service Co.'s website also listed nearly 1,400 La Porte customers affected by an outage, but that number dwindled to about 250 by 6:30 p.m. Approximately 750 NIPSCO customers in Bristol were without power Monday night, as were another 320 in Middlebury.

Many thousands more were affected in Lake and Porter counties.

For updates from I&M, including localized restoration times, visit the utility's outage map. NIPSCO customers can get outage information here.