Storm leaves thousands without power

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- High winds from the storm left thousands of Michiana residents without power. Overnight nearly 6,000 people were without power, but Indiana Michigan Power said all power should be restored by Wednesday evening.

Latonya Houghton got her four kids ready for school in the dark Tuesday.

"It was something new. Never tried it. It was pretty hard because it was dark and couldn't't turn on the lights. They were complaining and they couldn’t' see and 'Oh I'm scared,’” said Houghton.

All available crews are out repairing damage.

Indiana Michigan Power sent half of its crews to the East Coast to help, so they were shorthanded.

"We appreciate the patience they have during this time as right now we're on location. We have our crews working restoring power to our customers so we ask patience at that point and make sure you do things in your home in a safe manner,” said Dave Lefor of Indiana Michigan Power.

Every house along the main power line on Corby Street was without power after branches knocked down a line.

Other areas nearby were actually hit harder.

"As far as Michigan, southern Berrien County seems to be our heaviest area for power outages. We're experiencing anywhere from right around 2500 to 3000 customers without power,” said Lefor.

If you don't have a fireplace, temperatures inside will drop quickly.

Houghton said the house is too cold for her 8-month-old baby and kids.

"We went to my parents house and then I just came back to pick them up from school and then we came back home and it’s still off,” said Houghton.

The power company said most power will hopefully be restored by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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