More than 27,000 thousand ComEd customers were left in the dark Friday evening after storms and heavy rains moved through the Chicago area.
Of the more than 27,000 power outages in the Chicago area, approximately 12,000 were in the northwest suburbs. An additional 10,000 outages were reported in south suburban communities.
Earlier in the evening, ComEd reported it was increasing staffing and readying equipment in anticipation of the night storms.
ComEd urges customers to contact the company immediately if they experience a power outage, according to a news release. To report outages, customers can text "OUT" to 26633, call 1-800 EDISON1 or visit the website www.ComEd.com/report.
The energy company also reminds individuals to never approached a downed power line, and if they encounter one, to call ComEd immediately.