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100,000 still in the dark after strong storms

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About 100,000 ComEd customers were still without power early Monday morning, just hours after thunderstorms with winds up to 90 mph roared through the Chicago area.

The utility company says it is still taking stock of the damage and expects to finish those assessments by Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, it says crews are working to restore some of the biggest outages that don’t require major repairs.

ComEd spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney said about 20,000 of the original 210,000 customers who lost power had seen their power restored late Sunday afternoon. But Gaffney said it is not clear how long it would take to restore power to the rest of the customers.

Most of the outages were reported in Chicago and the suburbs to the north of the city.

The fast-moving storm caught kayakers on the Chicago River by surprise, causing many of their kayaks to flip over. A fire department official says more than 60 kayakers had to be rescued. A police department spokesman says none of the kayakers was injured.

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