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UPDATE: Crews scramble to restore power, assess storm damage

Published 8:25am Thursday, June 24, 2010

A line of severe storms that moved through the Chicago area last night left Michiana residents, just getting over the damages from last weekend’s storms, once again without power.

Armed with strong winds, dangerous lightning and the potential for tornadoes the storms that hit Berrien and Cass county initially knocked out power to 8,000 Midwest Energy Cooperative customers.

That number had dropped as of 4 a.m. Thursday, according to Midwest Energy. Even with some power restored, more than 3,900 Midwest Energy Cooperative customers, primarily in Cass and St. Joseph counties in southwest Michigan, remain without power.

The company reports significant damage to their system and three substations were without transmission at that time. Crews reportedly had been working through the night and continue restoration efforts.

Midwest Energy Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility providing electric distribution and an assortment of energy-related programs and services to more than 35,000 customers in 11 counties in southern Michigan and northern Indiana and Ohio.

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