Fort Wayne area power outage might extend to noon Wednesday, Nov. 20

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Indiana Michigan Power reported on its website at 4:45 p.m. today that parts of Fort Wayne might not have power restored until noon Wednesday. The utility reported that it has identified a large number of broken poles and other damaged equipment, leading to estimated times of restoration later in the week for some areas. More than 150 poles need to replaced throughout I&M’s service area, including about six poles along Tillman Road and dozens more in the Yoder area.

I&M reported that a full contingent of more than 600 I&M employees, many working 16 hours per day, are working to restore power. An additional 600 people from external resources are working or will soon be working on the restoration as well.

In the Fort Wayne area, 5,300 customers (down from an initial post-storm 8,400) remained without power.