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A NIPSCO crew works on overhead power lines.

Memorial Day weekend will see plenty of showers and storms, meteorologists are forecasting. 

Lake County in Indiana and several counties in Illinois are under a flash flood watch through 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms Friday night were expected to produce 1 to 2 inches of rainfall per hour, which could lead to flash flooding or rises in local river levels.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, the weather service said. Residents should monitor forecasts and be prepared to act. 

More thunder storms are expected late Saturday night with an 80% chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday could see thunderstorms in the morning followed by brief showers in the afternoon.

Monday could see scattered storms during the day with a 40% chance of rain with a dry, yet overcast evening. 

NIPSCO customers in Valparaiso and Crown Point found themselves without power Friday morning, after storms that produced thunder and lightning moved through the area.

The outages in Valparaiso prompted Valparaiso Community Schools to close Benjamin Franklin Middle School and start school two hours late at Central Elementary School. All other Valparaiso schools started on time.

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NIPSCO crews restored power to nearly 1,300 customers in Valparaiso just before 8 a.m.

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The cause of the outages had not yet been determined, NIPSCO spokeswoman Dana Berkes said.

In Crown Point, about 220 customers were affected by an outage that began about 6:15 a.m. Power was later restored.

No information was available yet on the cause of the outage in Crown Point.

Southeast of the Region, fewer than 1,100 NIPSCO customers remained without power after storms Thursday morning. At the height of the outages, a total of 35,000 customers along a line from Morocco to Warsaw to Angola were affected, NIPSCO said.

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