Indiana Public Service Company is reporting that more than 25,000 customers
lost power, at one time or another, during Tuesday’s high winds.
were concentrated in Porter, Lake, and LaPorte counties, at least some
customers in nearly all of NIPSCO’s 23-county electric service territory
were affected, company spokesman Nick Meyer told the Chesterton Tribune
Increasing waves of
outages began being reported after 1 p.m. Tuesday, as sustained wind speeds
reached 40 miles per hour with gusts above 50 mph, Meyer said. That made
repairs challenging. “Crews would make progress and restore one area, only
to encounter new outages caused by wind damage in another.”
NIPSCO did increase
staffing into the evening hours, Meyer said, and by 6 a.m. today power had
been restored to 99 percent of the juiceless households and businesses. At
mid-morning around 300 customers, “mostly spread across some Lake County
communities,” were still in the dark. “Those are expected to be restored
this afternoon, as many of the remaining outages require single, individual
repairs, versus a repair that would pick up several hundred or thousands of
customers at a time,” Meyer said.
approximately 50 customers lost power at some time on Tuesday; in Porter, a
handful of single customers; and in Valparaiso, 2,600.
The wind was also
the proximate cause of multiple delays--and, in at least one case, an
annulment--on the South Shore commuter line. “A leaning electric pole and
equipment repairs were the culprit behind some of the South Shore line
delays during the evening commute,” Meyer noted.
“NIPSCO crews and
customer center representatives appreciate everyone’s patience and
understanding during the challenging night experienced by many,” Meyer