What to Know
- Chicago area could see wind gusts between 45 and 50 mph
- Strong winds and weight of ice accumulations could produce additional power outages
- ComEd urges customers experiencing outages to text "out" to 26633
Strong anticipated winds coupled with the weight of ice accumulations on Chicago-area trees and power lines could produce significant power outages, ComEd warned Tuesday.
A Wind Advisory begins at 2 p.m. for much of the Chicago metro area until 3 a.m. Wednesday ahead of potential wind gusts between 45 and 50 mph. The strong winds could lead to downed power lines and tree limbs and the potential for power outages.
ComEd has mobilized additional crews to handle outages, the utility said, and reminded customers to take precautions in the event power goes out or power lines go down.
"If a downed power line is spotted, immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661). Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237)," ComEd said.
ComEd urged customers experiencing outages to text "out" to 26633.
You also can follow ComEd on Twitter @ComEd or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComEd. Customers also can report outages via the website at www.ComEd.com/report.
The utility also reminded residents to never approach a downed power line and "always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous."
The utility asked that residents don't approach ComEd crews about restoration times as the area around them could be hazardous.
An interactive outage map is available via ComEd's site.