Some ComEd customers may not get power back until Saturday
Sun-Times Media July 19, 2012 9:36PM
About 3,000 ComEd customers throughout the Chicago area remain without power Thursday night following Wednesday night’s thunderstorms, and some may not get the lights back on until Saturday.
About 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, about 68,000 ComEd customers were without power, the utility said.
As of 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 3,100 were still without electricity, ComEd spokesman David O’Dowd said.
“But a few lingering outages will continue for those with significant damage, and they may not get power back until Saturday,” ComEd spokesman John Schoen said.
The western suburbs continue to have the most problems, with about 1,580 people still without power, O’Dowd said. There were about 550 in the south suburbs, 670 in the north suburbs and 340 in Chicago and the near west suburbs, he said.
The storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and hail, bringing down tree limbs and power lines in many parts of the area. Total rainfall amounts ranged from 3.78 inches in Winnetka to 3.62 in Lincolnshire, 2.62 in Oak Brook, 2.55 at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, 2.52 at Midway Airport, and 1.93 in Homewood, according to the National Weather Service.
ComEd has about 500 crews on the streets Thursday working to restore power, O’Dowd said.