Thousands in Illinois without power after storm

December 21, 2012

The Associated Press

Thousands of Illinois residents are without power Friday morning as utility crews work to restore service following a winter storm that swept through the region.

In central Illinois, utility Ameren reports more than 10,000 customers are without power.

In northern Illinois, ComEd says about 15,000 customers have no service.

ComEd says snowfall in some areas and gusting winds are creating hazardous travel conditions and road closures. That's causing some delays for ComEd crews responding to power outages.

Chicago aviation officials report very few fight delays at O'Hare and Midway international airports Friday morning, which is predicted to be the busiest travel day of the Christmas period. The snow largely skipped the immediate Chicago area.

The National Weather Service says winds will gust around 40 mph Friday morning in northern Illinois.