Nearly 27,000 still in dark following storms
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE August 2, 2011 7:56AM
Lightning fills the sky in Kendall County during an intense storm that moved through the entire Chicago area Tuesday night, Aug. 2, 2011. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 3, 2011 8:28AM
About 27,000 Commonwealth Edison customers are waiting for their power to be restored Wednesday morning after storms ripped through the Chicago area Tuesday night.
The storm hit the Chicago area about 9:30 p.m., prompting severe weather watches for portions of Cook, Will and Kankakee counties, according to the National Weather Service.
Included in the 27,000 without electricity as of 7 a.m. are 14,000 in the north suburbs, 7,700 in the south suburbs, 3,400 in the city and 1,600 in the west region, according to ComEd spokesman Bennie Currie.
Earlier, high winds and downed trees delayed some Metra trains for more than two hours.
Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said Metra trains on the Union Pacific North and Northwest lines were delayed from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. because of high winds and downed trees on the tracks.
After two days of hot and humid weather, cooler air is expected to move into the area after the storm, according to the NWS. High temperatures are only expected to be in the low- to mid-80s the remainder of the week, with lows possibly dipping into the 60s.