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Monday, July 30, 2012

Stargaze at Indiana Dunes Aug 11, 2012


Gary has many natural habitats and greenspace.
Perseid Meteor Stargaze at Indiana Dunes State Park, Aug. 11  - Division of State Parks and Reservoirs

Guests are invited to watch the Perseid meteors blaze across the night sky over Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park’s sixth annual Perseid Meteor Stargaze, Aug. 11.

Hosted by Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services, the event runs from 8:30-11 p.m. CDT at the park’s beach pavilion. In addition to meteor watching, the Stargaze offers other astronomy-related activities and educational programs.
Night sky maps and Native American sky lore begin at 8:30 p.m. at the beach pavilion. After 9 p.m., the stars will begin to appear. Constellation talks will highlight the many star formations that can be viewed this time of year.
 A waning moon will offer unparalleled viewing of the night sky over Lake Michigan, and naturalists will have a telescope for deep sky viewing. All activities are free after the standard gate fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $10 per out-of-state vehicle. Although a telescope is on-sight, a Celestron Travel Scope 70 Portable Telescope is handy.
The Perseid Meteor Stargaze is made possible with support from the Friends of Indiana Dunes. For more information, call(219) 926-1390. Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304. (Thanks for the information Nora Glenn!)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NIPSCO Power outage update: Progress made

Repairs Expected to Extend through the Week-42,000 Remain Without Power Due to Powerful Storm, Severe Winds 

 Considered the most damaging storm event in last five years, additional crews from Missouri, Wisconsin and Ohio have been brought in to assist NIPSCO crews with repairing the damage from  the storm Tuesday morning. While some progress has been made, there are currently 42,000 customers down from 62,000 without power. In total, more than 77,000 customers were affected. NIPSCO will provide additional updates on their outage center website at NIPSCO.com.


In some areas, crews are still working to clear away debris and damage before repair work can begin.
NIPSCO continues to monitor for additional storm activity forecasted for the area.

Safety Tips


NIPSCO Suggests You Prepare Your Home For A Potential Storm-Related Outage


  • Life support equipment – If someone in your family requires life support equipment, make prior arrangements for a back-up power supply.
  • Stay informed – know what kind of weather is expected
  • Clean drains – Remove any debris from storm drains around your home or yard.
  • Automatic garage door – Learn how to open and close your door manually without power.
  • Emergency kit – Prepare a simple emergency kit to include flash lights, first aid kit, supply of non-perishable food items, three-day supply of bottled water, and a cellular phone.


Stay Safe

Lightning, wind and fallen tree limbs can interrupt electric service. For your safety, please stay away from any downed power lines. Always presume the downed power line is live and extremely dangerous. DO NOT TOUCH THE LINES.



NIPSCO Press Release: Worst Storm in Five Years


67,000 Lost Power Due to Powerful Storm, Severe Winds - Repairs Expected to Extend through the Week --Most damaging storm event in last five years

A substantial number of broken poles and trees, branches and wires down across the Gary area have resulted from what initial assessments indicate is the largest storm this year and in recent years. Currently, 62,000 customers are without power.  Lake and Porter counties were hardest hit by the damaging winds and rain that crossed northern Indiana early this morning. An update on the restoration process is slated to occur by 2 p.m.

Assessment work is ongoing, but initial reports indicate that repair work will last over the next few days. More information on the extent of the damage and restoration times will be available after these assessments are complete.

NIPSCO’s restoration process begins with repairing large transmission and distribution lines that supply electricity to large numbers of customers in large geographic areas - including critical customers such as hospitals and emergency response. Repairs to other lines that serve smaller groups of customers can’t be made until the larger lines feeding electricity to those areas are repaired.

Read the complete press release at NIPSCO

If you are affected, cooling centers are located on the NIPSCO website. Safety tips and how to make an emergency kit information is also listed.

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