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Thousands Without Power Amid Icy Conditions, More Outages Possible Tuesday Evening

What to Know

  • Ice Storm Warning until 9 a.m. Tuesday for DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Cook, Grundy, Will and Kendall counties in Ill. and Lake County, Ind.

  • Ice accumulations of up to half an inch are possible

Thousands were without power Tuesday morning as icy weather made its way across the Chicago area. 

As of 4:30 a.m., more than 12,600 people had reported outages from ComEd. By 5:45 a.m., at least 14,000 were without power. 

The counties with the highest outages were Cook, DuPage and Will. Cook saw more than 6,200 outages, DuPage had roughly 2,400 and Will saw just over 1,500 by the early morning hours, according to ComEd. 

As many residents began waking up, ComEd said it had already restored power to about 29,000 customers, though more outage reports were still expected. 

An Ice Storm Warning remained in effect until 9 a.m. for DeKalb, DuPage Kane, LaSalle, Cook, Grundy, Will and Kendall counties in Illinois along with Lake County in Indiana. 

  • Latest list of school closings, delays here

Ice accumulations of up to half an inch are possible.

A Winter Weather Advisory will also remain in effect through midnight for Lake and McHenry counties.

Strong winds are expected to develop late Tuesday, bringing the potential for blowing snow and a threat for additional power power outages, especially in areas with significant ice accumulations. 

A Wind Advisory begins at 2 p.m. and continues until 3 a.m. Wednesday warning of gusts of up to 50 mph. 

“We’ll have crews ready to transfer to those areas,” said Tom Dimonguez with ComEd. 

ComEd urges customers experiencing outages to text “out” to 26633. 

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