Thousands without power in NWI

2013-08-30T20:45:00Z 2013-08-31T13:07:04Z Thousands without power in NWITimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 30, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

A strong storm rolling through Northwest Indiana knocked out power to a police department and postponed high school football games.

There were about 8,600 customers without power as of 10:30 p.m., according to NIPSCO.

More than 5,500 of the outages were in Hammond. Highland had about 2,000 customers without power at times Friday night, but that number was cut in half by 10:30 p.m.

Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda said the Police Department lost power and was operating on a generator.

Indiana State Police said several minor crashes were reported as the severe weather passed through the area.

Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said several trees were reported down in Lake, Porter and Jasper counties. Wind gusts reached about 60 mph during the storm.

Scattered storms are possible until midnight, Friedlein said.

There is a chance the area could receive more storms Sunday afternoon and evening as cooler air hits Northwest Indiana, Friedlein said.

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