Ind. 2 between U.S. 231 and Interstate 65 reopened to traffic early Friday morning after being closed due to downed power lines caused by Wednesday night's storms.
The Indiana Department of Transportation and NIPSCO initially anticipated it would take three days to clear the lines from the roadway and repair the damage.
The National Weather Service determined straight-line winds traveling as fast as 100 mph were to blame for damage caused by the storms, including uprooted trees, a roof lost on a home in Lakes of the Four Seasons and the collapse of the new Dawn Food Products building under construction in the Ameriplex complex in Merrillville.
Crown Point, Lakes of the Four Seasons and Winfield sustained the most damage.
Most NIPSCO customers who lost power during the storms had it restored Friday morning. As of 6:30 a.m., 594 customers remained without power, primarily in the Crown Point area. That's down from 3,323 customers without power at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
At the peak of the storm, 44,000 NIPSCO customers were without power.
A flood warning remains for the Kankakee River at Shelby through Tuesday night. At 6:45 a.m., the river was at 8.94 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet.
The National Weather Service said the river is expected to continue to rise to above flood stage Friday morning and continue to rise to 9.3 feet by Monday morning.