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Updated 08/05/12 – 2:35 p.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) – Since Saturday’s storms knocked out power to homes and businesses throughout the area more than 200,000 ComEd customers have had power restored, but those in areas hardest hit by the storm may have to wait until Tuesday before their lights come back on.

As of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, approximately 30,700 customers remained without power after strong thunderstorms passed through the Chicago area Saturday evening, utility spokesman David O’Dowd said.

Of those without power, 19,700 were in ComEd’s south region; 6,000 were in the Chicago region, which includes the city and near-west suburbs; 4,200 were in the utility’s west region, which includes areas west of Route 59; and about 800 were in the north region, which includes Evanston and other northern suburbs, O’Dowd said.

More than 330 crews have been working to restore power to customers, most of whom will have electricity again by Monday night, ComEd spokesman Tony Hernandez said. But outages in the hardest-hit areas such as Oak Lawn, Lansing and Evergreen Park could linger into Tuesday because of the extent of the damage, he said.

ComEd crews had, as of early Sunday afternoon, restored power to about 208,000 customers since the storms blew through, O’Dowd said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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