Storm slows power outage repairs in Fort Wayne

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A thunderstorm that swept through Fort Wayne has set back work to restore thousands of power outages from a strong storm that hit last week.

Indiana Michigan Power spokesman David Mayne says crews had brought the outage total down to about 4,000 before a Thursday evening storm knocked out electricity to as many as 10,000 more homes and businesses.

As of 3:00 pm Friday, July 6, I&M estimated that an overall total of 3,600 customers were awaiting restoration of electric service. I&M estimates that it could be late Sunday night before the restoration from both storms is complete.

Mayne says that about 8,000 total outages remained Friday morning and that the utility company didn't have an estimate on when repairs would be completed.

The company had about 118,000 outages in northern Indiana at one point after the June 29 storm that hit Fort Wayne with winds up to 90 mph and downed hundreds of trees.

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