Tens of thousands still without power in Michiana

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Crews in South Bend worked their chainsaws, cutting off tree limbs and other debris before they tossed them into the wood chipper.

All this -- after Monday night's storm ripped through Michiana.

The storm's power was so intense, it ripped a massive tree out of the ground. It landed on Heather Brown's house.

"I've never seen anything like it in my entire life," Brown said.

Her kids called her at work to tell her the bad news.

"He was just hysterical, and said, 'Mom, the tree fell, our power's out, and there's a hole in our ceiling,'" Brown said.

When she got home, she saw one of her house's support beams was cracked, which let rainwater in. Also, the tree knocked down a powerline in her backyard, leaving her without electricity.

Right now -- she's devasted, but takes comfort in knowing her family is alright, and her house will eventually be repaired.

"I'm going to go to my friend's house, and we're going to stay there for a few days until we get things situated here."

Indiana - Michigan Power hopes to have all power restored by Friday.

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