As Winds Die, Clean Up Begins

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010  |  Updated 10:28 AM CDT
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PHOTOS: Violent October Storm Cuts Across Northern Illinois

Christian Farr

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Thousands of residents in northern Illinois remain without power as high winds continue to batter the state for a second day.

The gusts are nothing like yesterday's storm, which played host to multiple tornadoes, torrential rain and hurricane force winds.

ComEd spokeswoman Anne Pramaggiore in a statement that 3,500 customers in Illinois remained without electricity Wednesday morning. Fewer than 100 of those customers are in Chicago. About 1,300 are in ComEd's north region, 1,100 are south and 1,200 are west.

“Our crews are working around the clock to restore service to customers’ homes and businesses that have been affected,” said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President and COO. “We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through these destructive storms.”

Pramaggiore says the utility has restored power to more than 200,000 customers since the storm started. 

The electric company isn't the only organization engaging in clean up efforts after yesterday's violent storm

  • In West Chicago, three single-engine planes at the DuPage County Airport were damaged by high winds, officials at the West Chicago facility said.
  • Chicago had reports of 448 tree emergencies, 71 traffic signals out, 63 damaged poles and 36 street lights out.
  • Will County officials are sweeping up after a category EF2 tornado tore through the towns of Beecher and Peotone, tearing the roof off of a home there.
  • Another Tornado in Elburn caused significant damage, and leveling two barns.

As the clean up continues, Com Ed officials are warning residents to stay far away from downed power lines.

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