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Power Restoration Underway After Storms

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November 19, 2013 — Indiana power companies are telling customers that some won’t have electricity back until Friday.

NIPSCO says repair work continues tonight into tomorrow to address extensive damage caused by Sunday’s widespread severe weather which caused more than 75,000 NIPSCO electric customers losing service.

As of 8 p.m. CT tonight, NIPSCO says 970 customers are without power, with 99% of power losses restored.

The utility says the weekend’s storm damage is widespread, including three damaged transmission towers, more than 150 broken poles, numerous downed lines and broken cross arms, and hundreds of downed trees and limbs.

The majority of the remaining NIPSCO outages are expected to be restored by end of tomorrow, with some single outages extending into Thursday in the communities with the most damage, including Lowell, Cedar Lake, Crown Point and Monticello.

Indiana Michigan Power says some 2,100 customers in the Marion-Hartford City area were still without power today and might not have it restored until late Friday.  The company says some 3,800 customers in the South Bend area remain without power and might not have it back on until Thursday evening.

Duke Energy says the Kokomo and Lafayette areas were its hardest hit areas, with about 7,000 customers combined without power today.  Duke says it hopes to have power restored to all customers by midday tomorrow.


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