Several Starke County residents are still in the dark as a result of Monday’s storms. As of 4:30 this morning, NIPSCO reports 349 customers without power in Knox and 52 in North Judson. Numerous outages are still reported in LaPorte County as well, and a handful of Marshall County NIPSCO customers are still without power.
NIPSCO linemen have been working since the storms hit to restore power with help from workers from other utility companies in Indiana and surrounding states. More than 15,000 NIPSCO customers are still without power, compared to 128,000 affected by Monday’s storms. NIPSCO officials compare damage from Monday’s storm to that caused by a June 24, 2013 storm, which led to one of the largest restoration efforts in the company’s history. Damage reports from this week’s storm include more than 130 broken distribution poles, tree damage and 580 reports of downed electric wire.
Kankakee Valley REMC’s outage numbers have dropped significantly. As of 4:30, 24 customers in LaPorte County and one in Starke are without power. Links to the outage maps are posted on the closings and delays page of WKVI.com.