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Storms roll through LaGrange County

Weather forecasters had been warning the Midwest, particularly Illinois and Indiana, of potential bad weather for Sunday. And while some areas in both states took very hard hits from the storms, LaGrange County escaped the brunt of the storm damage.

 The storms rolled across the western edge of the county around 3:30 p.m. and were gone shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, bringing strong wind gusts and very heavy rains. Most damage appeared to be in the west and southern parts of the county.

Numerous trees were down, several across roads. One tree took out a power line at CR 200S and CR 250W that left that road closed for most of Sunday evening. A power pole snapped in half on CR 800S west of SR 5, leaving much of that area without power.

Power was out in Topeka immediately following the storm, as well as other spots around the county. LaGrange County REMC reported a total of seven outages, six of which affected only a handful of customers each, and were back on in less than an hour. The seventh one was at the Indian Lakes Substation and affected 1,700 customers and took around an hour to restore. It was reported that power was back on to all customers by 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

At the height of the outages, NIPSCO reported over 11,500 customers across Northern Indiana without power. As of Monday morning, that was down to just over 9,000 without electricity, with a handful of LaGrange County locations remaining.

Part of the roof on the Dollar General store in LaGrange came off during the storm, landing in an adjacent yard.