Storm causes thousands of people to lose power in the area

Prairie Street in Elkhart // WSBT 22 photo{ }

Friday morning UPDATE: Power is now restored in the Elkhart area, according to the I&M Power Outage Map.

4:30 p.m. UPDATE:

More than 1,100 I&M customers are without power in the Elkhart area. I&M says all power should be restored by 11 p.m.

11:30 a.m. UPDATE:

More than 2,500 I&M customers are without power in the Elkhart area.

Time of restoration various for different areas of Elkhart. Some areas are estimated at 2 p.m., some 5 p.m., and some 11 p.m.

UPDATE: The following release was issued Thursday morning by I&M:

A heavy thunderstorm struck the Elkhart area after midnight on Thursday, resulting in widespread tree damage and several broken poles. About 8,000 I&M customers lost service, and I&M crews have restored power to 70 percent of those customers. By 10 a.m., about 2,400 affected by the storm remained without service.

In addition to the full complement of I&M crews from South Bend/Elkhart in the field restoring power, additional employees and contractor crews from Michigan, Fort Wayne and Muncie have been deployed to assist in the restoration.

I&M encourages the public to be aware of storm damage in their area, including the possibility of downed power lines. Stay away from all downed power lines. Be cautious of the possibility of traffic lights not functioning.

As crews access damage in the area, estimated times of restoration will be established for specific areas and neighborhoods. I&M encourages customers to use the Indiana Michigan Power mobile application, available on Apple and Android devices, to monitor the status of any outage affecting your home or business. You can also sign up for mobile alerts on the app or at www.IndianaMichiganPower/alerts

ORIGINAL POST: Niles and parts of Elkhart County were hit with a storm that caused some damage on Wednesday and left many without power.

The Indiana and Michigan Power outage map says over 7,000 customers are without power as of 7:30 a.m. due to the isolated but strong storms. No word when power comes back.

The majority of the outages are in Elkhart County.

There was also a crash in Cass County caused by the storm. Police say a vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across the road, injuring several people.

The following release was issued by the Cass County Sheriff's Department:

Sheriff Richard J. Behnke reports that the Cass County Sheriff's Office investigated a personal injury crash at 0248 hours near the intersection of Decatur Rd and Kelsey Lake, Penn TWP, County of Cass, State of Michigan. 23 year old South Bend resident, Rachel Ann Weamer, was traveling southbound on Decatur when she had a head on collision with a tree that had fallen and was blocking the roadway. Weamer had minor injuries due to the crash. 24 year old South Bend resident Jordan Jessica VanGoey was in the backseat of the vehicle and sustained minor injuries. VanGoey was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Also in the vehicle was Rebecca Lee Brewer, 19 year old South Bend resident who was in the front passenger seat and sustained minor injuries. Brewer and VanGoey were both transported to South Bend Memorial by LifeCare ambulance for treatment. VanGoey was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be a factor.

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Check the company outage map on their website for up-to-date restoration times and outage numbers.