Storms Leave Area Residents in the Dark


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.