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From whiteout to blackout

February 7, 2014

Traffic lights were blacked-out Friday morning after a power outage struck 25 percent of Whitley County. Pictured is the intersection of U.S. 30 and Lincolnway, a high-traffic intersection that had police officers stationed to assist in traffic control. The area is still cleaning up from the 12 inches of snow it received Wednesday.

WHITLEY COUNTY — Schools were delayed, factories weren’t able to operate and traffic was hindered in Whitley County yet again Friday morning.

Though it sounds like just another day in the life of Whitley County this year, the reason for the inconvenience was different this time.

The area received another foot of snow this week, on top of more than 30 inches in January.

Conditions went from whiteout to blackout, as approximately 8,600 IMP and REMC customers were without power Friday morning.

Shortly after 6:30 a.m., several thousand customers started losing power. By 7 a.m., much of Whitley County, along with parts of Noble, Allen, Huntington, Wabash and Kosciusko Counties were left in the dark.

Indiana Michigan Power spokesperson Tracy Warner reported that a circuit breaker tripped in the Tri-Lakes area, and as of press time, the reason was unknown.

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