More than 670,000 ComEd customers down, 199,000 to go

At least more than three-quarters of the Commonwealth Edison customers who lost power in Monday’s strong storms have had their service restored, although it will take until at least Saturday before everyone is back on line, the utility said.

ComEd had said that a record 868,000 had lost power, and that as of 5 a.m., 199,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity and power.

Many who were without electricity continued to be located in the northern suburbs; 125,800 were still left in the dark.
On Tuesday at a news conference, ComEd Chairman Frank Clark said, “We know how difficult it is when our customers have to go without electricity for any period of time.”
Ninety percent restoration is expected by midnight late Thursday or early Friday morning, he said, and 99 percent by midnight Saturday.

ComEd is bringing in contractors and crews from neighboring states, raising the number of crews working on the outages to about 900.