Updated: June 30, 2012 10:18AM
Friday’s storms brought heavy wind gusts in addition to rain, and left behind downed power lines, a lot of tree damage and damage to utility poles.
Nearly 60,000 ComEd customers -- mainly in the west and southwest suburbs -- lost power because of the storms.
About 46,000 of the 58,000 outages reported were in the Joliet area, ComEd spokeswoman Arlana Johnson said. The rest of the outages affected customers in Aurora, DeKalb and Dixon.
Customers began reported outages after 9 p.m. when heavy wind gusts from storms moving through the area caused down power lines and pole damage, she said.
ComEd has 224 crews out working to restore power, and as of about 9:30 a.m. Saturday approximately 26,000 area customers were without power, Johnson said. The vast majority of those still without power -- some 21,000 -- were in ComEd’s south region, which includes Joliet, Romeoville, Lockport, and Plainfield.
Johnson reminded customers to stay away from and report any downed power lines, and report outages to (800) Edison1 or text outages to OUT26633. ComEd also has a mobile app, for both iPhone and Android devices, which customers can use to report outages.