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'Most Damaging Storm Event' in 5 Years

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The number of power outages from this morning's severe storms is nearing 100-thousand in northwest Indiana...

Northern Indiana Public Service Company says it was the most damaging storm event in the last five years... and it comes on the heels of powerful storms that caused a round of damage in the Region about a week ago.


As of 11 a-m, over 67-thousand NIPSCO customers were without electricity, especially in Lake and Porter Counties. Add to that about 15-thousand members of K-V R-E-M-C losing power as well.


K-V REMC says by noon the numbers were down to about 95-hundred... and crews from neighboring cooperatives and contract crews (like tree-trimmers) have been called to assist KV REMC. The rural electric cooperative reports five substations without power as a result of transmission feed being down.


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In Merrillville, as many as ten-thousand NIPSCO customers were without electricity at one point, though those numbers have gone down a little

Merrillville was among the hardest hit based on phone calls we've taken today... traffic on US 30 just past the busy intersection with Broadway has been blocked off and on after a roof from a nearby Carquest auto parts store blew onto US 30... tipsters also tell us a billboard came down in that area, along with power lines... and one person said it looked like a pole of some sort was 'pulled' out of the ground

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In the Gary/Hobart/Lake Station area, a tipster told us a highway sign was 'dangling' near the I-65/Ridge Road interchange... and the ramp was blocked earlier from Ridge Road to northbound I-65

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Valparaiso Police say a woman was transported to the hospital this morning after being struck by a barricade downtown while the Farmers Market was being set up. No word on her condition at this hour.

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In East Chicago, a caller told us it appeared a corner of a six-to-seven-story building had come down, bricks landing on Martin Luther King Drive... unknown what type of building this is or if it was occupied

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In the Kouts area, there were power lines and power poles blocked State Road 8 between Baums Bridge Road and State Road 49

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Reports of tree damage off State Road 49 near the Porter/Jasper County line, north of the Kankakee River


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Tipster reported large trees uprooted along US 421 in the North Judson/San Pierre area this morning

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One of the numerous areas that lost power today was the Porter County Fairgrounds... power was restored to the fairgrounds by about 10:30 am, and fair officials report it is business as usual for the Porter County Fair, with paid admission beginning at 1 pm as usual, and vendors and rides getting back underway this morning. The livestock shows went on as scheduled during the outage

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Several reports of trees and power lines down, and some fires were reported. No major injuries are being reported, according to Starke County Sheriffs office.

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BP Amoco in Whiting ended up closing this morning for the rest of the day due to the severe weather


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Portage Township Schools called a one-hour delay due to weather for staff and students for summer school today

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12:20 pm -- Ivy Tech Valparaiso Campus reported they are closed due to the power outage

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Read more: http://www.indiana105.com/news/region-news/29998-most-damaging-storm-event-in-5-years.html


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