Thursday’s spring storm, which brought lightning strikes, high winds, heavy rain and flooding, knocked out power to thousands of ComEd customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
According to CBS 2′s Ed Curran, the storm will create freezing rain that will create a coating of ice that could amount to one to two tenths of an inch.
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“We expect to have most customers restored by Friday night,” a ComEd spokeswoman said, adding that a few pockets will be restored Saturday.
A ComEd spokesman said all of the crews have returned safely and that damage to the utility’s vehicles was minimal, even though some of the crews were dispatched to points in Maryland and Pennsylvania ahead of the storms, expecting the worst.
Chicago residents likely will be able to get cheaper electricity from an alternate supplier, after approving a measure allowing City Hall to negotiate cheaper rates on behalf of residents and small businesses.
Some ComEd crews and others from the Chicago area have started heading east, ahead of Hurricane Sandy, to be in place to help with recovery once the storm makes landing next week.
One issue on the ballot next month is aimed at saving residents in Chicago and across the suburbs hundreds of dollars a year on their power bills.
The Citizens Utility Board says it would be unfortunate if ComEd delays its grid modernization plan – as it announced it would yesterday.
A consumer watchdog group says this summer’s extreme heat boosted the bills of Commonwealth Edison customers by about $64 million.
The announcement comes two weeks after a Philadelphia utility under the same ownership as ComEd stopped installing smart meters after one of them set fire to a home and 14 other devices overheated.
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.
About 169,000 ComEd customers are without power Saturday after strong thunderstorms passed through the Chicago area.
With the heat wave and major storms, scammers are out in force looking to take advantage of unsuspecting customers.
A Brush fire in Buffalo grove took out power to about 2,400 on Sunday, and police arrested and charged a 20-year-old man who allegedly was lighting off fireworks.
ComEd and Chicago firefighters were kept busy on a sweltering Friday as utility power equipment sparked or caught fire across the city.
The precarious-looking electrical pole is in Bob Ptack’s backyard, snapped in half during a vicious storm last July. Its replacement sits 50 feet away.
Though they were without power for days, neighbors in one hard-hit part of West Chicago have high praise for ComEd crews who’ve been working around the clock.
Severe thunderstorms moved through Chicago Sunday afternoon with high wind and hail, and 155,000 customers were still without power by late evening.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s backing efforts to buy electricity in bulk for the City of Chicago, possibly from a company other than ComEd’s parent firm.