Another intense storm rolled through northern Indiana over the weekend – the third significant storm to hit the area in three weeks. NIPSCO reports that at its peak, Saturday evening’s storm caused more than 60,000 NIPSCO customers to lose power, and more than 3,000 Kankakee Valley REMC customers were without power as well.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm produced winds up to 70 mph, causing widespread damage across several northern Indiana counties. Power lines were downed, transformers were blown, and poles were broken.
Hail was reported in some areas including Bass Lake, where golf ball-sized hail was reported. While no serious injuries have been reported from the storm, at least one house fire was reported in which the home was hit by lightning.
As of 4 a.m. Sunday morning, all power had been restored to the KVREMC members who were without power after the Saturday storm. All KVREMC crews were dispatched immediately to the affected areas to assess the damage and begin restoration. NIPSCO reports they have made substantial progress cleaning up the damage, and reports that roughly 10,000 customers are still without power.