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High winds continued Tuesday across Northwest Indiana, knocking out power for some residents and fueling a brush fire in Gary, officials said.

More than 360 NIPSCO customers were without power as of 11:15 a.m., down from about 600 1.5 hours earlier, according to the utility's outage map. In some cases, the cause was listed as downed trees.

In Gary, firefighters battled a brush fire fueled by high winds Tuesday morning in a marshy area near County Line Road and U.S. 12, said Mark Jones, the department's chief of operations.

A wind advisory for Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties was extended until 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

In LaPorte County, a wind advisory issued early Tuesday was scheduled to continue until 5 p.m.

Forecasters warned of wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, with the strongest in LaPorte County predicted between noon and mid-afternoon.

Conditions also were expected to create a limited fire risk, the weather service said. 

Snow could fall Wednesday. The chance was slight in Lake and Porter counties, but the weather service warned of accumulating lake-effect snow in LaPorte County from Wednesday through the weekend.

High temperatures in the mid-30s were expected Wednesday and could drop into the 20s later in the week.


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