Thousands of region residents woke up Thursday morning without power for the third day following massive power outages, but NIPSCO representatives said service should be restored across the board by evening.
"Apart from a few isolated incidents, we do anticipate having service restored to all our customers by this evening," Katherine Szot, spokeswoman for NIPSCO, said Thursday morning.
As of 1:30 p.m., NIPSCO reported about 1,300 customers still without power, primarily in Gary and Dyer. At the peak of the outages, NIPSCO reported 70,000 customers without power. The utility said 60,000 of those customers had power restored within 24 hours.
Szot said initial repairs and tree debris removal are complete and aside from customers with damage to weatherheads -- the weather-proof entry point for electrical wires on a home or business -- all customers without power should have it restored by this evening.
Customers with damage to their weatherheads must seek repairs from an electrician, according to NIPSCO policies.
Kankakee Valley R.E.M.C. reported all main line service was restored to customers early Thursday afternoon.
"Our crews are now focusing on single lines causing outages to 65 people in the Kouts, Jackson Township and Knox areas," a statement on the utility's Web site said.
ComEd reported just under 3,000 customers still without power in Cook and Will counties around 1:30 p.m.