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.
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.
Researchers looked at 60 years worth of climatological data from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, and found tornadoes touch down most often in “transition zones” – areas where a dramatic change in landscape takes place.
Gov. Pat Quinn said the state is stepping in with $45 million in disaster relief funds to help local governments recover from last November’s tornados, after the federal government turned them down.
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The National Weather Service was anticipating a major severe weather outbreak in the Chicago area, starting Wednesday afternoon, with a possibility of very strong storms, large hail, high winds, and a risk of tornadoes.