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UPDATE: Long, hot wait for some customers to get power back on


UPDATE: The Lewark family had their power restored Wednesday morning.

45,000 customers were in the dark after Monday evenings storms, followed by a second round Tuesday morning.

It's going to be a long, hot wait for everyone to be restored.

"Frustrated." In a word, that's how Curtis Lewark of South Bend feels without power.

"I mean, I look out that front window and everybody else has power. I can't run my air conditioner, I'm losing my food," says Lewark.

And that's not even his biggest priority.

"It strikes the elderly the worst. Because they can't handle the heat," says Lewark.

His mother depends on an electric bed to turn her, so he's had to move her to another mattress.

He's doing his best to keep her cool with wet rags and plenty to drink, but he's afraid it won't be enough.

"With the heat and humidity the way it is, she's prone to seizures and she can go into another stroke," says Lewark.

Indiana Michigan power says damage is widespread and they have crews from other utilities coming in to help.

But still, Lewark's power may not come on until Midnight, Friday.

"We're gonna work safe and we're gonna work as fast as we can to get that power restored," says Barry Visel with Indiana Michigan Power.

For now, all Lewark can do is wait.

"There's nothing I can do. My hands are tied. I'll just sit here and be discouraged and disappointed," he says.

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