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Power poles rest along the 4000 block of Tilllman Road on Monday. They were snapped in Sunday night's high winds. East Allen County Schools closed East Allen University, New Haven Primary, Paul Harding Junior High, Prince Chapman Academy and Southwick Elementary because they lacked power. Indiana Michigan Power said today that 46,500 customers remained without power in the two states as of 4:30 p.m., down from a peak of more than 70,000 overnight.

Power out to thousands of area customers

East Allen closes several schools that lack it

About 46,500 Indiana Michigan Power customers remained without electricity as of 4:30 p.m., including 5,300 in Fort Wayne, the utility announced today.

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. said 187 northeast Indiana customers were without power.

Kosciusko REMC said about 350 members were without electricity, mostly near Dewart, Chapman and Silver lakes.

I&M estimated power would be restored in the Fort Wayne area by noon Wednesday, and in the Avilla area by noon Tuesday. It said it expected its Decatur customers to be restored by 5 p.m. tonight.

The utility said the American Red Cross expected to open a shelter tonight; more information is available at 484-9336, ext. 240.

The statement said I&M crews discovered more than 80 poles down throughout the service area, including 27 on Tillman and Yoder roads in Fort Wayne. In addition, it said, there are numerous areas where limbs and branches have knocked down power lines.

I&M asked drivers to be cautious of trucks parked near roads.

NIPSCO said most of its remaining outages are expected to be restored by Wednesday night, but some outages in the hardest-hit areas would extend into Thursday.

It said it had three damaged transmission towers, more than 150 broken poles, numerous downed lines and broken cross arms, and hundreds of downed trees and limbs.

As of 3 p.m., the Allen County Highway Department reported four roads were closed because of downed power lines or poles --

  • Branstrator Road at Brindle Road;
  • Yoder Road west of Branstrator Road;
  • Branstrator Road at South County Line Road; and
  • Yoder Road at Coverdale Road.