Chicago Forecast

Thousands Without Power in Chicago Area as Heavy Winds Continue to Intensify

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NOTE: This story was updated through midnight. The latest up-to-date figures can be found on the ComEd website.

As wind gusts continue to intensify in the Chicago area, thousands of ComEd customers were without power late Wednesday night.

According to the figures provided by the utility as of 11:52 p.m., there are 32,745 customers without power, with most of those outages occurring in Cook County.

Officials say that 14,290 customers are without power in that county alone, although that number represents less than 5% of the company’s total customers in the area.

Another 2,520 customers are without power in DuPage County, while 6,359 are without power in Lake County, according to the utility.

Here are the latest figures from around the area:

Cook County – 14,290

DuPage County – 2,520

Kane County - 989

Lake County – 6,359

McHenry County – 1,646

Will County – 1,772

Winnebago County - 1,939

The outages come as strong wind gusts, sometimes in excess of 60 miles per hour, pound the Chicago area Wednesday night. A high wind warning is set to remain in effect for all of northern and central Illinois until 9 a.m. Thursday, with the strongest gusts expected to come as a squall line of thunderstorms makes it way through the area just before midnight.

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