power outages

Powerful storms snapped the flagpole and utility pole, and blew out windows at Earlville High School on the night of June 30. (Credit: CBS)

ComEd: SmartGrid Reduced Outages During Last Week’s Storms

Officials at ComEd said, believe it or not, power outages from last week’s severe storms could have been worse, if not for the new “smart grid” upgrades the utility has made in the past few years.

07/10/2014

One of hundreds of ComEd repair crews working to restore power to customers after two severe storms hit the Chicago area on Monday, spawning five tornados. (Credit: Twitter/ComEd)

Cleanup Continues In Wake Of Severe Storms, Tornados

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area were still without power Wednesday morning, more than a day after two severe storms pummeled the region.

07/02/2014

Interstate 190 near O'Hare flooded at the Mannheim Road bridge after Monday night's storms, causing a huge traffic backup into the airport. Some travelers tried getting out of their cars to walk to the airport, but were turned around by police. (Credit: CBS)

Severe Storms Flood Streets, Uproot Trees, Knock Out Power

The I-190 entrance to O’Hare International Airport reopened Tuesday morning, after it was shut down for several hours at Mannheim Road when the viaduct flooded due to Monday night’s storms.

07/01/2014

Clouds hang ominously over The Loop Friday as storms barrel into the region. (Art Cunningham)

Severe Thunderstorms Knock Out Power For Thousands In Suburbs

After the storms swept through the area, nearly 9,000 ComEd customers in the west, southwest and south suburbs were left without power, according to ComEd. The majority of outages were reported near Harvey in Blue Island, where more than 6,300 customers were without power Sunday night.

05/11/2014

Officials at Homewood-Flossmoor High School brought in a generator to keep the refrigerators and freezers running, and keep food from spoiling, after a winter storm knocked out power on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Another Snow Day For Many Schools, Thanks To Power Outages

More than 1,000 students from Orland Junior High School and High Point Elementary School were among those getting an extra snow day on Wednesday.

03/12/2014

A City of Chicago snow plow clears streets early Wednesday, as a late winter storm dumps more than 5 inches of snow in parts of the city. (Credit: CBS)

Late Winter Storm Makes This 3rd Snowiest Winter Ever For Chicago

This winter moved up another notch on the list of snowiest winters in Chicago overnight, when more than 3 inches fell at O’Hare International Airport, making the total snowfall this winter the third most on record.

03/12/2014

Dan Grotheer snapped this picture of lightning over the city from the East Lakeview neighborhood. (Credit: Dan Grotheer)

One Dead, Thousands Without Power Due To Storms

Strong storms knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses Wednesday night, blew over several freight train cars, flooded many Chicago area streets, and cost a maintenance worker his life.

09/19/2013

A 40-foot maple tree toppled during a fast-moving, hard-hitting thunderstorm on June 24, 2013, damaging two homes in Berwyn. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

West Suburbs Cleaning Up Fallen Trees After Powerful Storm

Parts of the western suburbs were still cleaning up Tuesday afternoon, after a fast-moving, hard-hitting storm uprooted trees as it blew through the area.

06/25/2013

Powerful winds uprooted two trees in Calumet City on June 24, 2013, knocking out power to nearby homes. (Credit: Cecelia Palmer)

Many Blackhawks Fans Miss The Big Game After Storm Knocks Out Power

Those who got to see the Blackhawks rally to beat the Bruins and win the Stanley Cup last night won’t soon forget it, but unfortunately neither will those who didn’t get to see the big win, after a strong, fast-moving storm knocked out power.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2013

Fallen trees damaged cars in the 6600 block of North Damen in Rogers Park after a storm blew into Chicago on Monday. (Credit: Dan Blom/CBS)

ComEd Restoring Service To Thousands After Fast-Moving Storm

Roughly 650 crews worked overnight to restore power to some 237,000 ComEd customers who were without electricity after a powerful storm blasted through the Chicago region Monday evening. That still leaves about 63,000 ComEd customers without power.

06/25/2013

Tornado Manteno

Woman Who Survived Tornado: ‘It’s Beyond Your Imagination’

Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Thursday morning, after powerful storms tore down branches, uprooted entire trees, and knocked down power lines all across the Chicago area.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2013

An SUV is stuck in a flooded viaduct near 43rd Street and Oakley Avenue, after heavy thunderstorms soaked the Chicago area overnight. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS 2)

Heavy Storms Cause Power Outages, Flooding In Chicago Area

Thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area were left in the dark overnight, and many local streets were flooded, after heavy thunderstorms soaked the region late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

05/29/2013

(Photo by By: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Nearly 5,000 ComEd Customers Still Without Power

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.

04/18/2013

(Photo by By: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

1,000 ComEd Customers Without Power Friday After Winter Storm

“We expect to have most customers restored by Friday night,” a ComEd spokeswoman said, adding that a few pockets will be restored Saturday.

12/21/2012

ComEd Voltage Sign (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Report: South Side Has More Power Outages Than North Side

South Side residents really do have more power outages than those on the North Side.

10/03/2012

Lighting Bolt/Strike Generic (Photo credit: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

About 31,000 Without Power After Storms

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.

08/05/2012

Electric Meter (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Storms Cause Power Outages In Chicago Area

About 169,000 ComEd customers are without power Saturday after strong thunderstorms passed through the Chicago area.

08/04/2012

Storm Damage

Storms Rip Down Trees, Set House Ablaze, Cut Power To Thousands

Booming cracks of thunder awoke the Chicago area overnight, but many homeowners are finding more than just rain on the streets outside.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

A brush fire in Buffalo Grove knocked out power to 2,400 ComEd customers on July 8, 2012. (Photo Courtesy: Jayne Chorpash)

Brush Fire In Buffalo Grove Caused By Illegal Fireworks

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.

07/08/2012

Storm Damage

412 Still Without Power After Sunday Storms, But Many Taking It All In Stride

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.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012

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