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Wild weather brings thousands of power outages, snow to Garth Brooks Notre Dame concert

A downed tree in Elkhart County // Photo provided

9:00 p.m. UPDATE: I&M Power just issued the following release:

Crews have made great progress through the day and Indiana Michigan Power has restored more than 4,000 customers since this afternoon’s update. Nearly 75% of customers have been restored. 8,000 customers remain out as of 9 p.m., down from a peak of 31,200 following yesterday’s wind storm. Crews continue to work diligently to restore the many widespread outages in the area, and additional crews from Wisconsin, Ohio and Kentucky have arrived to assist and will be out in the field first thing tomorrow morning.

The approximate numbers of outages per county are:

INDIANA: 2,400

• Delaware County: 100

• Elkhart County: 250

• LaPorte County: 1,150

• Randolph County: 100

• St. Joseph County: 800

MICHIGAN: 5,500

• Berrien County: 4,700

• Van Buren County: 700

Estimated Restoration Times:

Fort Wayne District

Fort Wayne and Avilla areas: 100% restored by Noon tomorrow

Muncie/Marion District

Muncie area: 100% restored by Midnight tomorrow

Marion area: 100% restored by Midnight tonight

Winchester area: 100% restored by 3:30 p.m. tomorrow

South Bend/Elkhart District

South Bend area: 90% restored by 3 p.m. tomorrow, 100% restored by 3 p.m. Tuesday

Elkhart area: 100% restored by 4 p.m. tomorrow

Michigan District

Benton Harbor area: 90% restored by 6 p.m. tomorrow, 100% restored by 3 p.m. Tuesday

Buchanan area: 90% restored by 6 p.m. tomorrow, 100% restored by 3 p.m. Tuesday

Three Rivers area: 100% by 10 p.m. tonight

Get the latest here: https://www.indianamichiganpower.com/outages/


Garth Brooks concert

Many country fans are likely sleeping in this morning after a late and rainy night at Notre Dame Stadium with country music legend Garth Brooks.

Thousands of people came despite the less than ideal weather conditions.

Wind gusts were near 50 miles per hour and some snow flurries even made an appearance.

Traffic getting into and out of the stadium was backed up.

The show ended up starting an hour late, leaving many people upset.

Some people left early while others braved the cold weather.

“Show was great but just freezing,” said Lizzy Horvarth. “Soaked, can't feel our feet, can't feel our legs, but an awesome show.

“It was amazing, it was hysterics, it was phenomenal,” said Matthew Hildrebrand. “I've never experienced Garth Brooks and it's been one of my check off items for my whole life and it feels amazing and to bring my daughter with me…I can't express how awesome it was.”

Multiple concert-goers say Garth announced he will be ending his three-year stadium tour right here at Notre Dame. If you missed the concert, it will air on CBS on December 2.


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