BREAKING NEWS – HISTORIC BLACK OUT IN CHICAGO – MAYBE DAYS – LOOTING and RIOTS to ensue?
Thunderstorms packing winds of 75 mph knocked out power to about 860,000 Commonwealth Edison customers this morning, the biggest outage from a storm in at least 13 years.
As of 7 p.m., Commonwealth Edison said 505,000 customers were still without power: 255,000 north of the city, 122,000 west of the city, 80,000 in Chicago and Maywood and 47,400 in south suburbs.
The last time a storm left so many customers without the power was in 1998, when 865,000 customers lost power in one storm.
ComEd spokesperson Tony Hernandez told WGN radio’s John Williams this afternoon that “this is going to be one for the record books.”
The company warned it could take days to restore all power. It had 480 crews out working, with more being called in from neighboring states.
The fast-moving storms halted flights, stopped trains and even blew down a festival tent in Palos Hills.