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As of 6 p.m. Friday, more than 3,000 homes in Oak Park were without power following a storm that ripped through the community earlier Friday with 70-mph winds.

The village is estimating that 40 trees have been downed or damaged throughout Oak Park, and Public Works has 20 people out right now working to clean the debris, said spokesman David Powers.

Significant storm damage has been reported, Powers said, on Oak Park Avenue near North Avenue, along with the southwest part of the village.

As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, about 195,000 people in northern Illinois were without power said ComEd spokesman Jeff Burdick. He could not specify how many people were without power in River Forest, but an estimated 51,000 in the company’s west region are in the dark.

A power line was down at Jackson near East Avenue and at least one report of an outage in southeast Oak Park came in to Wednesday Journal.

ComEd had 240 crews in the field earlier this evening working to restore power. It’s too early to say when electricity may be restored, Burdick said, as customers are still calling in to report outages. You can phone ComEd at 1-800-334-7661 if your power is down.

Traffic signals have gone down at several Oak Park intersections, and police are urging residents to drive cautiously in the wake of the storm. Residents are asked to put fallen tree limbs near the curb to be picked up by village crews early next week, according to a press release.

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