High Winds Hamper Electricity Restoration

December 22, 2008 by Matt Loker 

High winds have hampered efforts to restore electricity to thousands of homes across ice-coated northern Indiana as temperatures fell below zero in the area. Utility officials say more than 70,000 homes and businesses remained without power yesterday as most of those customers waited a third day for electricity following the ice storm that hit late Thursday and early Friday.

Some 52,000 outages were reported in and around Fort Wayne, with other widespread outages reported in the Crown Point and Goshen areas. The utilities say wind gusts topping 30  mph have made repair work more difficult.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry urged those without heat to consider going to shelters available at Memorial Coliseum and South Side High School.  (AP)


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