As of this morning,
all of the nearly 5,000 homes and businesses which lost power in Sunday
morning’s storm were back on the grid.
At 9:45 a.m.
Sunday, NIPSCO was reporting that 4,962 of its customers in Duneland were in
the dark. Not everyone lost power: homes on the far south and west sides of
Chesterton rode out the storm pretty well, but certainly Duneland was one of
the hardest hit communities in NIPSCO’s service area.
Service to the
majority of Dunelanders was restored by or around noon on Sunday.
Sunday, 707 customers in Michigan City were without power; 1,759 in Portage;
only 75 in Valparaiso. At the storm’s peak, 19,643 customers in NIPSCO’s
service area were juiceless.
At 7 a.m. today,
approximately 1,400 customers were still without power, NIPSCO said. “The
City of Gary and surrounding communities are most impacted by these outages
because of the storm damage that occurred there.”
“With more than 90
percent restored, crews were making progress,” NIPSCO added. “However, the
extent of the damage is going to take some time to get restored. In some
cases a repair could be tied to restoring a large number of customers, while
some may be tied to only a few customers.”
forecasting that power should be restored to all customers by noon today.
It’s believed that
a lightning strike during the storm was responsible for an attic fire in the
400 block of West Indiana Ave., the Chesterton Fire Department told the
Chesterton Tribune this morning. A story on that fire appears elsewhere
in today’s edition.
And one traffic
accident--a minor rear-ender which occurred at 12:37 p.m. at the
intersection of Ind. 49 and East Porter Ave.--is being attributed at least
partially to the fact that the traffic signals there were out at the time,
the Chesterton Police Department said.
The wind gusts
responsible for the power outages, on the other hand, did minimal damage in
Chesterton. “Only a few tree limbs came down,” Street Commissioner John