Could Coming Heat Wave Mean More Outages?

UPDATED 07/15/11 10:37 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The power crisis from the storms on Monday have caused immense frustration for hundreds of thousands of people in the Chicago area, but could a heat wave coming this weekend mean a whole new round of outages?

ComEd officials are planning to discuss that possibility Friday with representatives of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, a total of 31,000 ComEd customers remained without power, the vast majority of whom were in the northern suburbs. Many have been without power since Monday, and in some cases have had to shack up in hotels because the lack of electric power to pump water from wells to their homes has left them high and dry.

ComEd says it plans to get power restored to all customers by the end of the day Friday, after earlier estimates that some might be in the dark until Saturday.

But while the storms are well behind us now, the other shoe will soon drop in the weather picture. The high on Friday is only 84, but temperatures will climb into the 90s by Sunday with conditions that CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist calls “super-hot and humid.”

In the far northern suburbs another thunderstorm may precede the heat wave, on Saturday. Then starting Sunday, temperatures will top out in the 90s every day for the foreseeable part of the week.

The high for Monday is 91, Tuesday 90, Wednesday 93 and Thursday 94. Heat indices will make it feel as hot as 110.

Overnight lows will hold in the 80s, creating a difficult situation for those without air conditioning.

ComEd officials will address the possibility of an outage caused by the heat at 1 p.m. Friday.

  • Edwin McKeirnan

    Not True

    The restore time of tonight is not true. I just got off the phone and was told Sunday night.

  • vahan boyrazian

    Com ed you either have to change your management or us citizens are going to chose and alternate energy provider..

    • Roger

      Like who? There is no other source of power for the home owners in the Chicago except ComEd. ComEd has you by the hair and isn’t going to let go.

  • m.j.

    After this quick fix, the same thing will happen when it storms again. The ancient system of poles and exposed lines has to be revised to underground lines in the coming decade.

  • James

    Could overpopulating the world be a bad thing???? DUHHHHHHHHHH.

  • 5StarTexan

    James the only over population we have is the presence of illegal aliens!! We do not have a problem with over population of citizens! We have a bloated government that just forced the shut down of 5 power plants in the USA in the past year!!! We need more power plants not less population and less government interference of businesess and free enterprise!! States like California need to get on the grid with building their own power plants instead of crowding the grid of other states!!! Communist California hollers about going green but uses power from other states.

  • Tom Schwald

    Lost our power on Tuesday in the AM.Comed has been out 3 times to fix power.It lasted 1/2 hour first 2 times and stayed on 3 hour this time.Suppose to be coming out again tonight.How long does this go on.It is bad enought to loose power,but to have repaired 3 times in two days only to go off again.NO ONE at comed cares.The comed customer service numbers are picked up in Mississippi and Ohio.Service men were extreamly rude.

  • Perter

    No James is right….the world is way way overpopulated and is nearing the breaking point. ComEd is not a supernatural force. When the amount of trees come down on wires that did you end up in the dark for days. Just think, that was not even that bad of a storm compared to other states this year. People need to grow up and stop whining about everything.

  • Tom Schwald

    Hey Perter: we pay big bucks fo electric .How long was your power out ? we have been repaired 3 times in 24 hours.these guys come out and sand bag for a while and leave.But the meter reader was here today.As far as whining,you can pound sand.we are on well & septic & have been out since tuesday am.Don’t judge unless you have been there.The problem is that no one wants to do thier job.We had guys here today for hours who were suppose to trim trees,doing nothing.It’s not about the storm it is about doing your job.If you can’t understand that,then like I said. Pound sand

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