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Structure Fire in Pine Township

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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....

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Police: Stay Away from Downed Lines

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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]...

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Power Outages Top 46,000, High Winds Still Possible

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.
www.nipsco.com
http://www.kvremc.com/home.aspx...

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Storm Damage in Region, 28,000 Without Power

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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....

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Spotter Confirmed Tornado Near Frankfort Illinois

From National Weather Service Chicago:
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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Tornado Warning Issued

From the National Weather Service Chicago:  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/
TORNADO WARNING ILC031-197-INC089-171930- /O.NEW.KLOT.TO.W.0018.131117T1846Z-131117T1930Z/ BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL 1246 PM CST SUN NOV 17 2013 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... SOUTHEASTERN COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS... EAST CENTRAL WILL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS... NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST INDIANA... * UNTIL 130 PM CST *
AT 1240 PM CST...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR MANHATTAN...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.
HAZARD...TORNADO. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. 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 DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR... FRANKFORT AND MONEE AROUND 1250 PM CST. OLYMPIA FIELDS AND RICHTON PARK AROUND 1255 PM CST. GLENWOOD AND FLOSSMOOR AROUND 100 PM CST. CALUMET CITY AND LANSING AROUND 105 PM CST. HAMMOND AND EAST CHICAGO AROUND 110 PM CST. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 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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Severe Thunderstorms Heading Toward Soldier Field

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for... Cook county in northeast illinois... North central will county in northeast illinois... Extreme northwestern lake county in northwest indiana... * until 115 pm cst * .  Soldier Field is in the path of these storms.  
National Weather Service Chicago: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/
More info from the National Weather Service Chicago:
at 1224 pm cst...SEVERE Thunderstorms were located along a line extending from montrose harbor to forest view to willow springs... And moving east at 30 mph. Hazard...QUARTER Size hail and 60 mph wind gusts. Source...RADAR Indicated. Impact...HAIL Damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs...SIDING And trees.
* severe thunderstorms will be near... Worth and oak lawn around 1235 pm cst. Midlothian and evergreen park around 1240 pm cst. Posen and merrionette park around 1245 pm cst. Chatham around 1250 pm cst. Burnham around 100 pm cst. Whiting around 105 pm cst. Other locations in the warning include palos heights...HOMETOWN... Robbins...CALUMET Park...RIVERDALE And south chicago. This includes the city of chicago.
Soldier field is in the path of these storms...EVERYONE At soldier field needs to take shelter immediately and should prepare for dangerous weather conditions! Precautionary/preparedness actions... A tornado watch remains in effect for the warned area. Tornadoes can develop quickly from severe thunderstorms. Although one is not immediately likely...IF A tornado is spotted...ACT Quickly and move to a place of safety inside a sturdy structure...SUCH As a basement or small interior room. ...

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Severe Weather: Limit Travel, Talk About Your Plan

With most of Indiana under a high risk of severe weather, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is warning Hoosiers to stay home if possible.  Officials say thunderstorms, flash floods, and tornadoes can all appear suddenly with little warning, and may only last a few minutes, but have the strength and power to cause a great amount of damage. Make sure to have a severe weather plan in place.  Hoosiers are advised to talk to family members about what you'll do to shelter in your home and what you'll do if you need to evacuate.
 
Below are tips on preparedness for severe weather from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:
Postpone or cancel outdoor activities and listen to weather reports on the radio or television.
Monitor developing conditions on local media or with a weather radio.
Seek shelter inside a building or in a hardtop vehicle, but do not touch the metal inside.
Do NOT go near tall trees or any other tall objects, or near downed power lines.
Do NOT go under overpasses. Wind speeds increase and can cause serious injuries.
If in a vehicle, get out and go into a strong building if possible. If not, lie in a flat ditch or low area and cover your head. Be aware of low lying areas that may flood.
If you live in a mobile home, get out immediately. Shelter in a building with a strong foundation.
If caught out in the middle of a body of water, return to shore as soon as possible.
Basements, inner rooms, and storm cellars provide the best protection during a thunderstorm or tornado. Stay in the center of the room, away from doors and windows.
For more information, go to www.getprepared.in.gov  ....

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Wind Ban Issued for Indiana Toll Road

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The Indiana Toll Road has banned all triple, long-double and high-profile oversize permit loads (excluding low-profile steel haulers) for the entire length of the Indiana Toll Road through Monday, November 18, 2013, 1:00 am EST due to the threat of high winds. Toll road officials say the ban will be reevaluated Monday morning, November 18, 2013 at 1:00 am EST for possible extension....

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Chicago Cautions Bears Fans of Severe Weather Threat

The National Weather Service warns severe thunderstorms are expected to roll across parts of the Midwest today (Sunday) producing damaging wind, hail, and tornadoes. Storm Prediction Center Meteorologist Corey Mead told ABC News a number of large cities are in the path of the storms: "Chicago; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; and possibly Louisville, Kentucky." 
Chicago National Weather Service website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management issued an alert for those attending the Bears game in Chicago today, cautioning fans that " storms are expected to have strong, damaging winds up to and possibly in excess of 70 mph.They may also bring heavy rainfall, localized flooding, large hail and cloud-to-ground lightning. Isolated tornadoes are also possible. Bears fans are urged to take extra precautions and take the appropiate measures to ensure their personal safety ... with the most severe weather impacting the city between noon and 3 p.m."
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/oem/provdrs/emerg_mang/alerts/2013/jun/city_reminds_chicagoansofextremesummerweatherprecautions.html...

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