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Thousands of people still without power in SW Mich.

June 13, 2013|WSBT-TV Report

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. –While Wednesday night's storms that swept through Michiana didn't do as much damage as expected, it still left some of us in the dark.

Power remained out late Thursday for more than 11,000 I&M customers in southwest Michigan.

I&M's outage map showed over 4,000 people still without electricity in Berrien County and 7,000 in Van Buren County.

I&M spokeswoman Tracy Warner says repair crews should have all of the power restored in the Benton Harbor, Watervliet and Hartford areas by noon on Friday.

Areas around Coloma should have their electricity back on by 8 p.m. Saturday, and Warner expects it will take as long as early Sunday evening for most of I&M's customers to have their power restored in Covert, Mich.

CLICK HERE FOR I&M outage map.

Small portions of Midwest Energy Cooperative’s service area were very hard hit by the late-night storm that blew into southwest Michigan overnight Wednesday, and several hundred members are still without power nearly 24 hours later.


Co-op crews worked through the day on restoration, facing time- and labor-intensive rebuilding efforts after the storm left downed trees and power lines and damaged poles across the northwest portion of the service territory.

At 9:45 p.m. Thursday, about 400 members remained without power, primarily in the Bangor and Covert areas.  

The extensive damage caused by the storm makes it difficult to accurately project restoration time as crews must rebuild portions of the system. Two standby crews will remain in the field tonight to continue efforts.

Updated information about outages by zip code can be seen on the cooperative’s Outage Central site at

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