Power outages leave thousands in the dark Tuesday morning

Several thousand Elkhart County residents were without power Tuesday morning after storms swept through the area overnight.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:05 a.m.

Thousands of Elkhart residents were without power Tuesday morning, July 1, after storms knocked down power lines overnight.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, Indiana Michigan Power was reporting 48,239 customers without power in Elkhart County.

NIPSCO reported outages impacting 13,845 customers Tuesday morning. Goshen was the hardest-hit area, with 8,462 customers in the dark.

Power had been restored to many customers by 8 a.m., when NIPSCO reported 11,411 customers without power and Indiana Michigan Power reported 3,216 outages. Neither company had an estimated restoration time.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Elkhart County and much of northern Indiana just after midnight Tuesday morning. The warning expired by 2 a.m. for most areas.

A dispatcher with the Elkhart County 911 Center said that most of Goshen was without power as of 6 a.m. Tuesday and most traffic lights were not functioning. Most traffic lights in Middlebury were also out as well as many along U.S. 6, the dispatcher said.

Numerous trees, branches and wires had fallen on Elkhart County roads. A Syracuse man was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a tree fell in front of his vehicle in southern Elkhart County and a Winona Lake resident was killed by a tree that snapped in half and fell on a home.

The power outages have caused closings or delays for the day, including several area colleges. This list will be automatically updated with local closings.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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