Commonwealth Edison Co. has restored power to 345,000 customers since Thursday’s storms first hit, but 232,000 customers remain without electricity, the utility reported.
The vast majority of those still without power as of noon — 142,000 — are in the northern suburbs, while 51,000 are in the city and 36,000 are in the south suburbs, the utility reported.
With a total of 577,000 customers affected, the storm is quickly approaching the worst weather event for the utility in the last decade: the damage inflicted by the November 1998 storm that interrupted service to 599,000 customers.
And a ComEd spokeswoman says more outages are occurring now as weakened tree limbs fall on electric lines, even though the storm has passed.
“This is one of the most powerful storms we’ve seen in recent years,” she says.
Last year, an Oct. 2 storm affected 470,000 customers —until Thursday, the worst weather event for ComEd since the 1998 storm — and it took ComEd five days to restore power to all of them. This also will be a “multi-day restoration,” a ComEd spokeswoman said, although she couldn’t predict how long it would take.
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