NWI Storms Knock Out Power For Thousands
July 1, 2014 — The National Weather Service says high winds knocked down trees, tree limbs and power lines across parts of northern and central Indiana and there were widespread reports of property damage. NIPSCO reports that, as of 7 a.m., thousands of customers were still without power, many of them in Lake County communities but there are thousands without electric service in Porter and LaPorte Counties. Crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to reconnect customers.
National Weather Service spotters reported that high winds from the storms knocked a 12 inch light pole across Ridge Road at Columbia Avenue in Munster about 8 p.m., and a 24 inch tree was reportedly split in-half by straight-line winds along Ridge Road near Calumet Avenue. Winds also knocked a tree onto a house in the 6400-block of Van Buren in Hammond, along with power lines.
Wind gusts reported from the storms ranged from 60 miles an hour in Valparaiso — to 65 mile an hour winds in Chesterton — to an 86 mile an hour gust recorded by radar in Lowell. A Newton County emergency management worker reported a funnel cloud at U-S 41 and SR 11 in Morocco.
Just before 11 p.m., a trained weather spotter reported that, four miles southwest of Hebron, thunderstorm wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour ripped shingles from a roof and siding and downspouts off a house and uprooted trees. Trees were also reported being uprooted in Crown Point neighborhoods.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed throughout the day at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports by the storms, and travelers are delayed around O’Hare Airport because of flooded roads linking up with the expressways.