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.
Cheers went up at a far south suburban brewery Thursday morning, when the lights finally came back on, more than three days after severe storms knocked out the power.
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.
A line of severe thunderstorms hit the Chicago area Monday, causing power outages, flight cancellations and delays and other problems. By late Monday, a second wave of storms was expected.
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.
Emergency preparedness officials warn that the severe storms that have blanketed much of the nation this spring could just as easily hit here. They stress taking steps in advance to be ready.
Just before a 30-degree drop swoops in to cool off the area, Chicago and Northwest Indiana residents will have to put up with thunderstorms that could bring damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday night.