Strong Overnight Storms Knocked Out Power for Many Residents

By John W. Davis
By Aaron Dohring
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August 24, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana-Michigan Power crews worked throughout the night restoring electricity to several thousand customers in Allen County.

Thousands of lightning strikes were reported when severe thunderstorms pelted Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio with wind, heavy rain and even some hail.

Power lines were blown down throughout Ft. Wayne, cutting power to several areas of the city. At their height, more than 5,800 customers lost electrictiy in Allen County, with a few hundred more in DeKalb and Wells Counties. By 7AM, I&M still reported about 2,500 outages in Allen Co.

Numerous tree limbs were also blown down. City crews spent much of the night picking up the limbs and cleaning debris.

Out by Parkview Hospital, Carew Street is closed from E. State Boulevard to the Parkview Foundation building because of last night's storm. Hospital officials say patients needing to get to the Heart Institute should use the main hospital entrance off Randallia Drive.

And the power outages are likely responsible for one school delay. St. John the Baptist Catholic school is on a two hour delay

Lightning might have also struck at least one home. One man blamed lightning for causing a fire on his roof in the 1000 block of Lynn Ave. The blaze was quickly put out.




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