Storms Blow Down Trees, Knock Out Power For Thousands

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The clean-up gets underway today in the wake of yesterday’s thunderstorms.

Trees and tree limbs were knocked down all across the region.  At one point, tens of thousands of NIPSCO customers were forced to be “in the dark.”   NIPSCO crews are still working to restore power across northwest Indiana.

As of 8:00am, there were about 75-hundred NIPSCO customers without electricity; almost 2,800 in Crown Point, 1,350 in Merrillville and 1,100 in Lowell. Most of the current outages are in Lake County.

State Road 2 west of I-65 near Lowell is closed because of downed high-tension power lines across the highway in the area.  That repair work may take several days to complete.  The winds that took down the high-voltage lines also blew down trees and the roofs of nearby barns, according to storm spotters’ reports.

Tree limbs were reported downed by the storms at Crown Point and Merrillville… and in Griffith, a trained spotter reported one-inch diameter hail and 80 mile an hour wind gusts during the height of the storms.

Lakes of the Four Seasons volunteer firefighters say high winds during the storms blew the roof  off a house in the 11-hundred block of Sunnyslope Drive. The homeowners were not injured.

Indiana State Police said high winds caused a semi-trailer to tip over on I-65 just south of U.S. 30, and another semi-trailer jack-knifed farther south on the highway near State Road 2.

A National Weather Service spotter reported a wind gust of 69 miles an  hour outside Mount Ayr in Newton County….and wind gusts near 63 miles an  hour near Lowell…and a brief wind gust of 60 miles an hour reported by a storm spotter in Valparaiso.

Flights were cancelled at Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare Airports.


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