Thousands remain without power after Sunday snowstorm
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of Commonwealth Edison say the utility is adding more crews in its effort to restore power to thousands of customers left without power following Sunday’s snow storm.
About 16,000 customers in northern Illinois were without electricity late Tuesday, most in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
Tom Dominguez of ComEd says an additional 262 crews from across the U.S. are arriving, supplying about 1,000 workers to restore electricity and assist the 500 local teams in the field now.
Dominguez says wind gusts of more than 50 mph were the primary cause of the outages. The wind sent trees and debris into power lines.
With 8.4 inches reported at O’Hare International Airport, the storm set the record for the fifth-deepest snowfall in November since the National Weather Service started tracking storms in Chicago in 1884.