ComEd reports more than 3,000 people without power as heavy rain and gusty winds batter Chicago area – NBC Chicago
A power outage map released by ComEd showed that strong storms with torrential rain and gusty winds left more than 3,500 customers without power Wednesday morning.
As of 6:45 a.m., 3,530 customers in the Chicago area were facing power outages, most of them in Cook County. Near Midlothian, the power outage affected more than 650 customers, the map showed.
The map showed that 585 people in Will County had no electricity. You can track ComEd outages in your area here.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for DuPage County, with winds up to 60 mph, heavy rain and frequent lightning. The National Weather Service said. Although the warning expired at 5 a.m., powerful storms moving across Central and South Cook, Lake, Kankakee and Will counties in Illinois are bringing gusty winds and heavy rain, which could disrupt some flights Wednesday morning.
In addition, some “small pea-sized hail” is likely, the National Weather Service said.
Just after 6 a.m., the NWS issued a flood warning for parts of southern Cook County, Will counties, and Kankakee until 9 a.m. The NWS also issued a flash flood warning for southeastern Cook County and parts of Will County until 9:45 a.m. It has already fallen between 2 and 4 inches of rain.
According to NBC 5 Meteorologist Alicia Roman, the storms are expected to taper off between 7 and 8 a.m., with the cluster of storms continuing to move from west to east.
However, Roman said that some scattered rain and storms may develop in some parts again around 5 p.m. and into the night hours.
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Roman said temperatures on Wednesday are expected to remain mild and humid, with highs in the mid-80s and dew points in the 70s. Overnight Wednesday is when the Chicago area will start to get a taste of fall, with temperatures hovering in the 50s and 60s.
Below-average temperatures are expected Thursday, Roman said, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 70s.
“I definitely feel like fall on Thursday,” Roman said.
The Met Office said temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s for the rest of the week.
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