ComEd Working to Restore Power To 131K Customers

Andy Dahn
November 26, 2018 - 6:11 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The snowfall from our latest wintry blast has moved on -- and now, the cleanup is in full effect across the Chicago area.

There's an indication that this storm was much different from other November storms. ComEd Spokesman John Schoen said the company hasn't seen a winter storm like this one in quite some time.

"We had about 350,000 customers that lost power," Schoen said.

As of 6 p.m., there were still 105, 238 customers in the dark, down from 131,089 at 4 p.m., according to the the company’s outage map. Cook County still had 66,785 outages; Du Page County had 16,511 and Lake County had 13,180. 

As of 3 p.m., 77,815 ComEd customers in Cook County were affected by power outages, with 16,824 of those in Chicago, according to the company’s map. That’s a decrease from those reported as of 8:45 a.m., when 91,816 Cook County ComEd customers were affected by power outages.

Outages in neighboring counties have gone down. DuPage County saw 24,332 customers reporting outages, the second-highest total outside Cook County, according to ComEd; 20,297 were reported Lake County, 7,877 in Kane County, 457 in McHenry County, 2,126 in Kendall County and 4,722 in Will County.

The total number of outages in ComEd’s service area was down to 142,707 as of 3 p.m. from more than 176,000 earlier in the morning. Schoen said what's referred to as the "North Region" seems to have taken the biggest hit. 

"In that area, it's really the northwest suburbs north of I-90," Schoen said. "We've also had outages in the city, the south suburbs, west suburbs, really all throughout the territory."

Strong winds knocked down some power lines in the area, and Schoen said that slowed down many of ComEd's 800 crews working to restore power.