Traffic slows near the damaged traffic signal at the northeast corner of Calumet Ave. and Fisher St. in Munster on Monday evening. High winds from thunderstorms twisted the signal arm 90 degrees and felled nearby trees.
Updated: June 25, 2013 1:33PM
Downed power lines and tree limbs littered streets across Northwest Indiana in the wake of a severe thunderstorm Monday night that saw winds gust near 80 mph.
The storm system produced a tornado and wind damage in Illinois before it entered Indiana around 6 p.m.
The National Weather Service reported that Porter saw the highest gust — 79 mph — but Gary experienced a 72 mph wind gust and Griffith registered wind speeds between 70 and 80 mph.
In Gary, many tree limbs were down along Utah Street, while Hammond had debris near Calumet Avenue and the Borman Expressway.
Power lines were down in the vicinity of Ridge Road and Cline Avenue in Griffith, and quite a few tree limbs were down as well.