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Two Nights After Storm, Some Remain Powerless

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Fewer than 100,000 Chicago and Northern Indiana homes and businesses are without power this morning. The big storm two nights ago knocked out power to almost 600,000.

ComEd yesterday was reluctant to say when power to all its Northern Illinois customers would be restored. The company said it was still assessing the damage from the storm.

This morning, spokesman Jeff Burdick offered more specifics.

BURDICK: Our current expectation is to have all customers restored by Friday night. However, the numbers do continue to come down, so we do expect only the hardest-to-correct outages to be left over on Friday.

Burdick says most of ComEd’s 56,000 remaining outages are in Chicago and the south suburbs.

Just over the state line, Northern Indiana Public Service Company says about 27,000 homes and businesses are still in the dark. The company says it could take until Thursday night to restore power to all those customers.

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