Cedar Lake Police Chief Jerry Smith says 141st Ave is closed between US 41 and the new Middle School. Parents and buses can still access the middle school on 141st Ave from Parrish Avenue.
In Chicago, storms interrupted the Bears-Ravens game. At Soldier Field, the heavy downpour and violent winds caught 60 thousand people in the stands. With lightning striking nearby, officials made a call on the field. The game was delayed about two hours as fans packed into the concourse area of the stadium for safety.
The strongest tornado in southern Illinois had winds up to 200 miles per hour. In Pekin, Illinois about 130 homes were damaged - and about 40 of them were destroyed.
In the town of Washington, Illinois, blocks have been flattened, left unrecognizable by storm damage.
Immediately following the second wave of storms, blue sky, then sun, and a double rainbow. The storm left behind hour long delays at O'Hare....
Northern Indiana Public Service company says initial assessments indicate storm damage includes three damaged transmission towers, more than 120 broken poles, numerous downed lines and broken cross arms and hundreds of downed trees and limbs. NIPSCO says more than 75-thousand customers were affected; as of 5am, that number was down to about 12-thousand across their service territory, with about 23-hundred in the Lowell area and about a-thousand in the Valparaiso area.
All available NIPSCO field personnel were working overnight Sunday night into Monday morning to access damage to the electric system and restore power to customers. While NIPSCO crews will be working around the clock to safely return service to affected customers, the utility company says it will be late Monday afternoon before solid estimated restoration times for areas with the most system damage will be completed and it may be multiple days before all customers are restored.
KV REMC says approximately 870 members remain without power this morning. At the peak of the storm Sunday evening,over 5,000 members were without power. Crews continue to work through the service territory making repairs to the system and in most cases replacing the many broken poles. Tree trimming contractors also continue to assist in the removal of tree debris allowing for our crews to work safely in the harder hit areas....
In Pine Township this morning, the fire department has reportedly struck a first alarm for a residential fire on Old Chicago Road, unconfirmed reports the structure was fully involved. Crews responded at about 5:15 am....
Indiana State Police are urging Hoosier motorists to stay away from downed power lines. Nearly 50,000 people are without power in Northwest Indiana alone, and many others are without power across the state after severe storms today. [Photo/Indiana State Police, Public Information Offce]...
Emergency management officials are currently reporting no injuries after a tornado struck part of far southeastern Newton County early Sunday afternoon, according to a report to the National Weather Service in Chicago. There is damage to grain bins, and what was described as minor structural damage to homes in the town of Goodland. Utility poles and trees are down. Officials say the tornado touched down near US 24 and Newton Street.
Utility pole and tree damage is being seen around Northwest Indiana. In Chesterton, a trained spotter reported winds measuring 80 miles-per-hour, with large limbs and power lines down.
As of 4 pm CST today, over 42-thousand NIPSCO customers have lost power, including over 9,700 in the Valparaiso area, 4,700 in Portage, 4,500 in Lowell, 2,500 in Michigan City, 2,100 in East Chicago, over 2,000 across Hammond and Highland, 1,700 in Chesterton, 1,400 in Munster, 1,200 in Gary, and 1,100 in Merrillville.
As storms traveled through the KV REMC service territory, widespread outages have resulted in over 4,100 members without power.
Region residents are urged to stay clear of all downed power lines.
The Region News Team received a report of at least eight power poles down in the area of the I-65/US 231 interchange in Crown Point, along an earlier report of lines down on the interstate and US 231. [Photo/Indiana Department of Transportation camera]
At 2:27pm: INDOT reports:
The ramp of northbound I-65 is closed near US 231 due to a traffic hazard. Seek alternate routes as you travel northbound on I-65 near mile 247.
The ramp of southbound I-65 is closed near US 231 due to a traffic hazard. Seek alternate routes as you travel southbound on I-65 near mile 247.
We are receviing multiple reports of trees and lines and power poles down across the Region.
Other reports from tipsters into the newsroom:
Left lane of southbound I-65 closed at US 30 due to a crash.
Trees, lines were blocking entrance to Lakes of the Four Seasons
Tree down on Vale Park Rd in Valparaiso just west of State Road 49 in front of The Masters apartment complex earlier (134pm cst)
As of 2:35 pm, NIPSCO was reporting over 28-thousand customers without power....
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL 1253 PM CST SUN NOV 17 2013 ILC031-197-INC089-171930- /O.CON.KLOT.TO.W.0018.000000T0000Z-131117T1930Z/ WILL IL-COOK IL-LAKE IN- 1253 PM CST SUN NOV 17 2013 ...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHERN LAKE... SOUTHEASTERN COOK AND CENTRAL WILL COUNTIES UNTIL 130 PM CST... AT 1251 PM CST...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR FRANKFORT...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH. HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...WEATHER SPOTTERS CONFIRMED TORNADO. IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY. THIS TORNADIC STORM WILL BE NEAR... HARVEY AND PHOENIX AROUND 100 PM CST. DOLTON AND BURNHAM AROUND 105 PM CST. WHITING AND EAST CHICAGO AROUND 110 PM CST. OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE EAST HAZEL CREST AND RIVERDALE. THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CHICAGO. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TO REPEAT...A TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS....
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