Chicago, IL – A severe winter storm has caused significant disruptions across the Chicago area, with over 80,000 residents now facing power outages and major flight cancellations at O’Hare International Airport.
As of 8:30 a.m., ComEd has reported a sharp rise in power outages, affecting more than 80,000 customers. These outages are largely attributed to transformer issues and downed wires. Residents can check the current status of power outages via ComEd’s online resources.
In addition to the power crisis, air travel has been heavily impacted.
A ground stop was issued at O’Hare International Airport at 6:15 a.m., leading to the cancellation of hundreds of flights. Travelers are encouraged to visit www.flightaware.com for the most recent flight information.
Emergency services, including the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department, are responding to the widespread effects of the storm. The situation remains dynamic, with efforts ongoing to restore power and normalize travel as safely and swiftly as possible.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of the area, beginning from 4:30 a.m. Friday until noon Saturday.
LaPorte County in Indiana will be under this warning from 10 a.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday. Additionally, a winter weather advisory is in effect for Kankakee County in Illinois and Jasper and Newton counties in Indiana.
As the situation unfolds, the focus remains on the thousands of residents currently without power and the efforts to restore electricity in these adverse weather conditions.