Thunderstorms leave thousands of Chicago area residents without power

July 1, 2011

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The strong storms that pummeled northern Illinois knocked out power to 100,000 ComEd customers.

ComEd spokeswoman Arlana Johnson says about 28,000 customers were still in the dark Friday morning. Johnson says the bulk of those are in Chicago's northern suburbs, where strong winds downed tree limbs and power lines.

About 370 ComEd repair crews were out Friday, working to repair the damage.

The storm pelted parts of northern Illinois, including Chicago skyscrapers, with golf ball-sized hail. And a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chicago says a gauge on the beach at Waukegan Harbor registered a hurricane-strength wind gust of 94 mph. Waukegan is about 40 miles north of Chicago.

In nearby Kenosha, WI, winds between 70 and 80 mph were reported in the area, knocking out power to more than 22,000 homes. Two people sustained minor injuries when they touched downed electrical wires, and one woman was struck by debris from a shed.