Thousands without power in northern Illinois as severe storms threaten – NBC Chicago

NOTE: For the most current outage reports, please visit the ComEd website.

There is an “elevated” risk of severe weather in the Chicago area Tuesday evening, but gusty winds ahead of the storms are already causing serious problems as thousands remain without power.

ComEd said more than 5,300 customers were without power as of 6:50 p.m. as gusty winds, sometimes reaching speeds of more than 40 miles per hour, swept across the region.

More than 2,000 of them were in Winnebago County, but more than 1,000 were without power in Cook County.

Officials said nearly 1,000 more people were without power in LaSalle County.

The utility says it is taking steps to stabilize the power grid and has deployed teams to deal with outages throughout the night.

The outages are expected to continue through the night as strong to severe thunderstorms with gusty winds and frequent lightning will move across the Chicago area.

The gusty winds also prompted dust storm warnings in central Illinois and caused dust to blow on streets in Chicago's western suburbs.

Winds are expected to ease after the cold front moves through the area Wednesday morning and cooler temperatures move in behind it.

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