CHICAGO (AP) – Commonwealth Edison says its crews have restored power to more than 210,000 customers who lost electricity after a thunderstorm swept across northern Illinois.
Commonwealth Edison said Tuesday afternoon that it expects to have power restored for all customers by Wednesday night. The utility says that at the peak about 270,000 customers were without power. Most were on Chicago’s South Side and southwest suburbs. About 54,000 customers remained without power on Tuesday afternoon.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Bardou said the storm produced wind gusts of between 60 and 70 miles per hour.
Wind gusts caused flight delays at Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports. The storm, which moved quickly across the region, also caused the Metra commuter rail line to briefly halt service to Chicago’s northern and western suburbs.