(La Porte, IN) - The wintry mix of sleet, rain and snow has caused havoc for NIPSCO's electrical grid in La Porte County and all across Northwest Indiana. At 10:30p this evening, NIPSCO reported that the weather has caused significant damage from ice and fallen tree limbs, resulting in widespread power outages.
As of 11:30p, NIPSCO shows nearly 32,000 customers with current outages from the winter storm. In a statement on their website, they said, "based on current information and number of repairs needed, this is a multi-day outage for some customers. We recommend customers make the plans necessary to keep themselves and their families safe during this time frame".
La Porte County appears to be the hardest hit area for NIPSCO. They're currently reporting over 7,300 customers without power in La Porte, 3,300 in Michigan City, and 2,100 in Westville.
NIPSCO crews will be working around the clock to assess damage, make necessary repairs and restore power. Their restoration process prioritizes repair of distribution lines and critical customers such as hospitals and emergency response. Repairs to other customers then follow.
NIPSCO advises that If you are experiencing a power outage, please text "out" to 444111 to report an outage or visit nipsco.com/out.