Knox, some areas still lack power

2012-06-30T23:30:00Z 2012-07-03T17:22:20Z Knox, some areas still lack powerBy Keith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | Most of Lake and Porter counties appear to have escaped the worst of Friday's storms, but there were still scattered electric outages across the region.

NIPSCO reported power restored to 34,000 customers with 6,000 still without power as of Saturday evening.

Additional outside support was called to assist NIPSCO crews, according to NIPSCO's website.

The most affected areas continued to be Warsaw, where power may not be restored until tonight, followed by Culver, Knox and Bass Lake, where restoration was estimated for this afternoon.

In Lake County, NIPSCO reported a small number of Gary customers still without power Saturday evening.

The storm was much more severe in counties farther southwest and west. In Knox, in Starke County, more than 1,000 customers were still without power Saturday. In Culver, in Marshall County, more than 2,000 were without power at that time.

Just after the Friday afternoon storms, NIPSCO had more than 30,000 customers without power. The storms caused widespread damage, knocking down limbs, trees and power lines.

In ComEd territory in Illinois, about 8,700 people, down from 23,000, were still without power at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, mainly in the south and west suburbs, according to the utility.

In the southeast suburbs, such as South Holland and Lansing, only a handful of people were still without electricity as of Saturday, according to postings on ComEd's storm center website.

About 100,000 customers of Indiana Michigan Power Co. had no electric service Saturday, many of them in the Fort Wayne area. Utility spokesman David Mayne said service might not be restored until Wednesday night. He said work crews from as far away as Oklahoma were headed to its northern and eastern Indiana area to help restore service.

The eastern U.S. experienced even more violent storms Friday, with more than 3 million people without power, many of them in the Washington, D.C., area. The temperature in nation's capital reached 104 degrees Friday, topping a record of 101 set in 1934.

In all, at least 13 people died during the storms in an area stretching from Ohio to Virginia. There were no reported deaths due to the storms in Indiana or Illinois.

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