The amount of rain expected is similar to the recent rainfall that dropped about 5 inches on city streets in less than 7 hours into the morning of June 1, overwhelming the city's stormwater system and leading to flooding in some neighborhoods.If the area experiences severe weather, send your photos with information to email@example.com throughout the evening.
Check back for updates.NIPSCO is adding staff to its customer call center, calling in extra work crews and making other preparations for its electric distribution system in the event of any high wind damage Thursday in northern Indiana, according to a news release.
To report an outage:
Once you are in a safe place, you can report the problem a few different
1. From your smart phone or other mobile device – Search NIPSCO and your
device will be automatically directed to NISPCO's mobile site where you
will find a button on the main page to report an outage.
2. On your computer – Visit NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter and enter some basic
information about your location.
3. Via phone – Call 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726) and follow the
automated prompts. You can ask to receive a call back when power has
If someone in your family requires life support equipment, make prior arrangements for a backup power supply. This may mean having a back-up power supply such as a generator or going to a health care facility that has backup power.
Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36 to 48 hours if the doors remain closed. If the freezer is half full, the food will generally keep 24 hours.In light of the forecast, the American Red Cross recommends that residents download the Red Cross tornado app to smart phones and set personalized alerts to stay safe. The app also features tips to prepare for disaster, what to do during and after to stay safe and ways to connect with family and friends after disaster strikes. The app can be downloaded from iTunes or the Google Play store or find more info at www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app.
Here are some tornado tips that the agency suggests:
What should I do to prepare for a tornado?
*During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.
*Know your community's warning system. Allen County has a siren system.
*Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
*Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
What do I do after a tornado?
*If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
*Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls,doors, staircases and windows for damage.
*Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the
utility company immediately.
*Stay out of damaged buildings.
*Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings – do NOT use candles.
*If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get
everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.
*Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance
*Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
*Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.Take the time now to charge cell phones, laptops and other devices, so that if power goes out, electronic devices will have a maximum charge, recommends the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:
*Food and water for three days (includes a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person, per day)
*Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
*Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
*Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
For more information visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.The Mayor's Neighborhood Walk planned for 5-7 p.m. in the Papermill Bluffs addition has been postponed.