Northwest Indiana can't seem to catch a break from Mother Nature this week.
A thunderstorm moved through the area Thursday afternoon, causing power outages and knocking down trees.
Wind gusts were recorded traveling at 77 mph in Gary, and there were reports of 1-inch hail, said Mark Ratzer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. In Merrillville, wind gusts were recorded moving across the area at 60 mph. There also were reports of hail in Merrillville.
There were reports of trees and power lines knocked down because of the storm across the region.
More than 30,000 NIPSCO customers were left without power as of 8:10 p.m., according to the company's website. There were 121 ComEd customers without power in the south suburbs Thursday afternoon.
A flood watch was issued for the Kankakee River at Shelby, which was at 7.5 feet as of Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding begins at 9 feet.
The Chicago area is expected to see another round of scattered thunderstorms Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.