Updated 02/25/16 – 11:44 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Tens of thousands of people in northwest Indiana lost power Wednesday, when a blizzard dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas, and winds of up to 50 mph took out power lines. Scores of motorists also ended up stranded overnight when their cars got stuck in the heavy show.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, approximately 9,400 customers were without power in northwest Indiana, according to the Northern Indiana Public Service Co., mostly in Lowell and Wheeler.
At the height of the storm, nearly 30,000 NIPSCO customers without power. The storm also caused as many as 13,600 power outages for ComEd customers in Illinois, although that number was down to less than 650 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Kevin Santelik’s family home has been without power since the height of the storm. To make matters worse, his wife is 37 weeks pregnant.
“I’ve been trying to clean up my driveway. It looks like we got about 3 feet of snow drifted over on the road, and it’s just a mess out here. All the east-west roads are just horrible,” he said.
One person in Lowell called 911, but ambulance crews couldn’t reach them, so first responders waited for a snowmobile team to go in and make an evacuation.
“We’re completely snowed in. No power. We haven’t had power for about 12 hours. I got the generator going, so I was just trying to get my driveway clear, so that way if I need to go get some gasoline for the generator, I can do that,” Santelik said.