The powerful storms that tore through the area Sunday afternoon left more than 5,000 Kankakee Valley REMC and more than 40,000 NIPSCO customers in the dark. High winds knocked down numerous trees and utility poles, and a tree that was struck by lightning in the Koontz Lake area caught fire. Straight line winds in Pulaski County caused considerable damage there as well. Power to the Pulaski County Justice Center was knocked out at the height of the storm and remained out for more than 5 hours. Sheriff Mike Gayer tells WKVI News that no injuries were reported.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.