Intense winds coming off Lake Michigan Friday knocked out power to more than 17,000 I&M/AEP customers in a six-county Michiana area. A half-dozen schools closed for lack of power.
Brisk northwest winds, gusting to 25 mph inland Friday will push in cooler temps. Friday’s high will be in the mid-50s. Chilly is the word Friday night with lows in the upper 30s with winds at 15 mph.
- More than 17,000 electric customers lost their service as winds picked up. As of 12 a.m. Saturday, Berrien County had the largest number of power-less customers, 8,316. Indiana Michigan Power/AEP, Midwest Energy Cooperative and NIPSCO are all reporting power outages. Restoration efforts in areas around northern Berrien County and Van Buren County will continue through the weekend. Service to customers in southern Berrien County is expected to be restored by 3 p.m. Saturday.
Area I&M customers without power as of 12 a.m. Saturday:
LaPorte County: 368