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Overnight storms cause headaches for power companies

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The storms that came through late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning left thousands without power and caused some severe damage throughout the area.

Indiana Michigan Power reports that at one point more than 8,600 customers between Indiana and Michigan were without power thanks to downed poles and power lines. The majority of costumers without power are in St. Joseph County.

As of 6 a.m., approximate outage counts by county were:

Total: 5,800

Delaware: 300
Elkhart: 475
Huntington: 300
Madison: 500
LaPorte: 100
Noble: 100
St. Joseph: 3,600

Indiana counties with fewer than 100 outages: Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Wells

Total: 2,700

Berrien: 2,000
Cass: 200
Kalamazoo: 400
Van Buren: Less than 100

Restoration priorities include restoring circuits that deliver electricity to essential public safety facilities such as hospitals, 911 call centers, water treatment facilities and fire and police stations.

Kosciusko REMC reported about 1500 outages due to high winds that brought down trees as well as utility equipment. 1,100 customers have had their power restored as of 8 a.m. today.

Both companies say there are still customers in the dark, in Kosciusko, Whitley, Noble and Huntington Counties, as work continues to get power restored.

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