A raging storm this morning knocked out power for some 765,000 people in northern Illinois, including parts of Oak Park. And because of the widespread outages, it could take multiple days before everyone is out of the dark.
The storms started at about 6 a.m., and began disabling power shortly after, leaving about 578,000 people unplugged as of 2 p.m. ComEd spokesman Tony Hernandez could not say how many homes were affected in Oak Park and River Forest, but said it could take awhile before everything is back to normal.
“Because of the severity of the storm’s damage and the number of people who are out, we are looking at a multi-day restoration effort,” he said.
As many as 500 crews are out right now, working to restore power, and ComEd is asking neighboring utility companies to assist in the effort. The communities that will get first priority are those that have lost power at hospitals and police or fire stations.
Oak Park Village Hall usually gets an update from ComEd as soon as parts of the village lose power, but officials did not receive one this morning, according to spokesman David Powers. He’s heard reports of several downed trees, grounded power lines in 12 different locations and four inoperable traffic signals.