Strong storm knocks out power to 181,000 in Eastern states

Strong storms producing heavy rain and lightning knocked out power to at least 181,747 customers across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia on Wednesday evening into Thursday, June 16.

Wind gusts of up to 70 miles-per-hour were reported, which brought down trees and power lines, according to a summary from the Department of Energy.

 As of 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, 39,129 customers remained without power. Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW), the hardest hit utility with 53,000 customer outages, said it expected full restoration by Saturday.

IPL, which reported 36,000 customer outages expected all power to be restored by Friday night, June 17.

Another round of severe storms hammed Mid-Atlantic, including Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., late on June 16.


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