CHICAGO (AP) -- About 190,000 ComEd customers were still without power hours after thunderstorms with winds up to 90 mph roared through the Chicago area.
ComEd spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney says about 20,000 of the original 210,000 customers who lost power had seen their power restored late Sunday afternoon. She says it is not clear how long it would take to restore power to the rest of the customers.
Most of the outages were reported in Chicago and the suburbs to the north of the city.
Storms with damaging winds, hail and rain swept through Northwest Indiana early Sunday afternoon, causing significant power outages, according to NIPSCO.
A severe thunderstorm warning has expired for Lake, Porter and northern Jasper counties, according to the National Weather Service. A line of severe thunderstorms producing quarter-size hail and winds in excess of 80 mph moved east through the area early Sunday afternoon.
At 3 p.m., NIPSCO was reporting more than 10,000 customers without power, including nearly 5,000 in Crown Point.
OXFORD, Ind. - A house and garage were destroyed by fire early today (Fri) in Benton County, Indiana. No injury was reported in Oxford. The fire broke out around 12:45 am in the 400-block of E. Benton Street.
Firefighters reported 18 five people were living in the home. A woman inside woke up to the smoke and fire in a back bedroom. She quickly woke up her parents and grabbed her two children. All five made it out safely.
Firefighters from Oxford, Fowler and Boswell all responded to the scene.
A pickup truck and aerosol cans only helped fuel the fire. The fire forced a main part of town to be shut down to traffic. Firefighters fought the second floor fire from the roof of the porch, using a chainsaw at times. The heat only created more problems but firefighters were able to eventually get the upper hand.
Staying cool and safe with hot ideas From Ameren Illinois
With the prospect of more hot weather for the next several days, Ameren Illinois is advising customers on how to stay safe and cool while better managing their electricity usage.
Typically, residential customers use more electricity during the summer months than the rest of the year. Most of this additional electricity is used to operate air conditioners.
“We work to maintain the reliability of our energy delivery system to meet the higher demand for energy that comes with hot weather,” said Ameren Illinois President and CEO Richard Mark. “We also want our customers stay safe and cool while taking the steps necessary to better control their electricity usage.”