MUNSTER — A total of 2,199 Munster residents were without power Wednesday evening.
Around 6:45 p.m. some large tree limbs fell and hit electrical lines near Harrison and Broadmoor avenues, NIPSCO spokesman Rick Calinski said. NIPSCO crews are at the scene working to restore power, however no restoration time has been announced.
Calinski said some customers will have their power restored faster as the company switches over the electric service delivery, while some may have to wait until the repairs are complete.
While a cause for the falling tree limbs was unknown, hazardous winds were forecasted for Northwest Indiana by the National Weather Service Wednesday evening.
Gusty winds and possibly small hail and heavy rainfall could affect Lake, Porter and Newton counties, meteorologists predicted.
Wednesday night will see a limited thunderstorm risk late this evening and high winds — especially in communities near Lake Michigan — the NWS said.
A high swim risk and a Lake Michigan lake shore flood risk were also issued from the evening to overnight Wednesday.
Gusty winds will continue into Thursday afternoon, causing high waves and rip currents in Lake Michigan, the NWS said. Individuals are cautioned against swimming Thursday.
Thunderstorms are also forecasted for Friday evening into Saturday, NWS predicted.
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VALPARAISO — When a nurse at Porter Regional Hospital was confronted last fall about stealing vials of the synthetic opioid drug fentanyl, she reached in her pocket, pulled out one of the vials and handed it to a supervisor, court records allege.
PORTAGE — A man is facing at least six charges after police allege he fired shots at a Portage mobile home park and then called up an Uber as his attempted getaway car Tuesday.
Hammond police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in a robbery at a Chase Bank branch Saturday afternoon in the Hessville neighborhood.
GARY — A 49-year-old Gary man suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide early Sunday morning, according to a news release from the Lake County coroner.
GARY — A Gary father is expressing disbelief this week after his fifth-grader, who is autistic, was given a trophy dubbing him the "most annoying male" for the school year.
FAIR OAKS — The Newton County Sheriff's Department has requested the names of former Fair Oaks Farms employees shown abusing young calves in a video released by an animal rights organization Tuesday, according to a department news release.
CROWN POINT — Charges filed Tuesday allege a Gary woman dragged a 5-year-old girl by the arm away from a playground and pushed the child to the ground when her mother ran toward them.
LAKE STATION — A Lowell man was arrested at a bar on Decatur Street in Lake Station after fighting with a state trooper during a traffic stop, according to an Indiana State Police news release.
CHESTERTON — Portage attorney Ken Elwood is among the people left scrambling Monday in the wake of an overnight fire that destroyed the popular lakeside wedding venue The Allure on the Lake.
CROWN POINT — A man wanted since December on a warrant for murder was arrested early Monday in Gary, authorities said.
CROWN POINT — A man sentenced in 2014 to 12 years in prison for killing a Lake County corrections officer in a hit-and-run crash is free to walk the streets, but he won't see his driving privileges restored for now.
ST. JOHN — In her four years of high school, Lake Central graduate Olivia Longo sat at a different lunch table every day.
HAMMOND — One of two men charged with burglarizing a church told police he broke into the building to escape the rain and wasn't sure why they caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage, court records say.
The Department of Education is investigating possible racial discrimination in the School Town of Munster, an education department spokesperson confirmed.
HAMMOND — The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District police are asking for help identifying a suspect who allegedly stole tires from two vehicles parked at the South Shore Line station on Hohman Avenue in Hammond Wednesday morning, according to a NICTD news release.
CROWN POINT — Former Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington turned himself in Friday at the Lake County Jail to complete a sentence for an assault on a female cousin in 2017, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.
CROWN POINT — Two men believed to be behind a string of auto burglaries in Highland and St. John were each charged with one count of theft Monday.
CROWN POINT — Friday night was just the beginning for Bulldog Park.
CROWN POINT — Authorities found no credible threat after a man called Horseshoe Casino's corporate offices and said he left a bomb at the Hammond Marina, court records allege.
GARY — A 26-year-old man was allegedly shot on the 600 block of Rutledge Street Monday afternoon.
HAMMOND — Education is your way to success, Shaquille Stringer told about 170 of his fellow Hammond High School classmates Tuesday night.
VALPARAISO — A 31-year-old Portage man wiped tears from his eyes after telling the court Friday morning that he was using drugs and not making sound decisions when his girlfriend's 20-month-old daughter died as a result of his neglect.
PORTAGE — Police Chief Troy Williams commended several of his officers for keeping their composure late Monday night when confronting an armed man accused of repeatedly pulling out a handgun during a disturbance at a local restaurant/bar.
GARY — A man approached a Gary police officer early Sunday, asking for help with a gunshot victim laying in the backseat of his vehicle.
EAST CHICAGO — Hector Rosario said Wednesday he was ecstatic to be appointed police chief after an 18-year career with the department.