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NIPSCO: 155 here still without power today

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As of 12:20 p.m. today, 155 customers in Chesterton and Porter were still without power, according to NIPSCO’s Outage Center, down from a peak of 4,790 at 5 p.m. Sunday, down too from 776 at 11 a.m. Monday.

Overnight, NIPSCO crews cut roughly in half the number of customers still in the dark, from 6,400 at 5 p.m. Monday to 3,282 today.

Juiceless customers elsewhere this morning: 100 in Valparaiso, 68 in Portage, and two in Beverly Shores.

More than 75,000 customers throughout NIPSCO’s service territory lost power on Sunday in the wake of punishing winds associated with a fast-moving storm.

“The majority of the remaining outages are expected to be restored by Wednesday night, Nov. 20, with some outages in the hardest hit areas extending into Thursday,” NIPSCO said. “As repairs continue, NIPSCO will be able to provide more refined restoration times.”

“All available NIPSCO crews, with assistance from support contractors from neighboring states, continue to respond to the effects of the severe weather, which carried wind gusts up to 86 miles per hour reported in some areas,” the company added.

“This storm has posed a challenge for many of our communities, and our thoughts are with all those affected, especially those dealing with the effects of the Midwest tornadoes,” said Keith Wooldridge, NIPSCO’s senior vice president of field operations. “Because the damage is very widespread, we’ve brought in all available resources to address the repairs.”

As of 5 p.m. Monday, 940 separate incidents still required attention from repair crews and assessments indicate that the storm damage included three damaged transmission towers, more than 150 broken poles, numerous downed lines and broken cross arms, and hundreds of downed trees and limbs.

Valparaiso, Gary, Crown Point, Lowell, Cedar Lake, and Monticello were among the Indiana communities hit hardest with storm damage.


Posted 11/19/2013