Chicago Area Hit Hard by Severe Weather: 48K Without Power


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Chicago, IL – Over 48,000 ComEd customers were left without power late Friday as a series of severe thunderstorms pummeled the Chicago area with wind gusts possibly exceeding 75 miles per hour, downing power lines, toppling trees, and causing damage to buildings. The storms also spawned multiple tornadoes overnight across Illinois, with at least one confirmed in Montgomery, Illinois, that downed multiple power lines and left hundreds without power.

Just before midnight, ComEd reported that over 48,790 of its customers were experiencing power outages in northern Illinois, with Rockford area accounting for more than 14,000 of those affected. Meanwhile, over 3,400 individuals were also without power in the western suburbs of Chicago. In light of these outages, ComEd is urging anyone who is currently experiencing an interruption in their power supply to contact the company immediately for assistance.

Yesterday’s severe weather also caused power outages in other parts of the United States. Nearly 450,000 customers remain without power across the US. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes region, including Chicago, until Saturday evening.

ComEd is working diligently to restore power to affected customers. Information about existing outages and restoration times can be found online at Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report an outage, call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report outages via the website at


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