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New wave of storms brings fear of outages

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With severe weather often comes power outages.

One South Bend resident knows what it's like to be in the dark, all too well.

" If it goes bad again, I'll go mad," says Joyce.

Just last month, Joyce lost power for about four days altogether. So a looming storm is making her pretty nervous.

"I am feeling very anxious because last time was a disaster and it was torture and agony," says Joyce.

Joyce is paying close attention to the weather and says this time around, she has a plan.

"But this next time if it goes off I'm going to call somebody in early to get the garage door up so I can get the car out take my food to a friend to put in their freezer and go to a motel," says Joyce.

Utility companies say they're ready too.

"I'm prepared not to sleep tonight," says Eric Putt with Indiana Michigan Power.

Indiana Michigan Power says all 2 thousand 4 hundred plus employees were put on standby at the first sign of bad weather approaching, ready to go where they're needed most.

"If like South Bend was hit harder, than say, Muncie, then if we didn't need our crews down in Muncie then we would certainly shift them."

NIPSCO employees, also ready.

The utility says there are a number of ways you can report outages, including your smart phone, by downloading a free app.

"We know folks reach for their phones now when the power goes out and the mobile site offer them the opportunity to report outages, track outages, all from that phone," says Kathleen Szort.

As for Joyce, she's keeping her fingers crossed the won't be left in the dark for days again, but she's not betting on it.

"Just yesterday I put away most of the candles. I should have had more sense," says Joyce.

By midnight Thursday, NIPSCO is reporting scattered outages throughout the viewing area. A majority of their customers experiencing outages in Lake and Porter Counties. 32260 NIPSCO customers are currently experiencing outages.

I&M is reporting outages for its Berrien County and St. Joseph County customers. 3,000 customers in Berrien County and 354 St. Joseph County customers are currently without power. 104 customers in Elkhart county are without power.

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