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Record heat puts a strain on the electric grid and the nerves of many others


UNDATED (WKZO) -- We should be used to wacky weather by now. We have certainly seen enough of it in the last few years. There have been snowless winters, apple trees blossoming in March, and the temperature shift this week that will take us straight from the dog days of summer to the crisp bracing chill of fall in just a few days. 

Forecasters are predicting another hot one today and then the cool down will begin, and may just last until next May. 

Yesterday’s record heat turned out to be bad news for the people of White Pigeon. 

Indiana and Michigan Electric says they were required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by agreement to switch off power to White Pigeon for a half hour on Monday, and for 7 hours yesterday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. to ease the load on the electrical grid.

Over one-thousand homes and businesses in the border town were purposely blacked out and left without air conditioning during the hottest part of the day.

And they say they may have to do it again today if too much energy is being used system-wide.

I & M is asking all of its customers to find some way to conserve so everyone can have electricity today.

They aren’t saying why White Pigeon drew the short straw.