North Suburbs Still Reeling From Storms

Hundreds of thousands of ComEd customers still without powers and tree branches litter roads throughout the suburbs.

The northern suburbs are still reeling from the atermath of the severe storms that came through the area Tuesday night.

Commonwealth Edison crews are out in full force working to restore power. Trees are still down throughout the area, although most major arteries have been cleared of debris.

As of 10 a.m. June 22, 182,000 customers in the Northern suburbs were out of power. Since 6 a.m. June 22, ComEd has restored power to 20,000 people across the area. 

A spokesperson for the company said the power restoration efforts could take several days because of the severity of the damage.

In Buffalo Grove, the Chevy Chase neighborhood near Milwaukee Avenue and Lake-Cook Road was hit the hardest, Rick Kuhl, deputy director of public works. Seven trees fell in that subdivision.

Minor damage was reported elsewhere, but across the village as a whole, "we were very light," Kuhl said.

Still, all today due to widespread power outages across the communities it serves.

Libertyville Fire Department received more than 40 calls during the storm. No injuries have been reported so far.

Traffic signals along Milwaukee Avenue from Washington Street all the way into Libertyville were down. Route 137 by St. Mary’s Road, and Park Avenue were also without power this morning.

Lake Forest officials are reporting as many as 4,600 homes are without power as of Wednesday morning.

Homes across Lake Forest and Lake Bluff are littered with fallen tree branches. Most appear cleared from major roads, but several knocked down power lines in neighborhoods that will likely keep those homes dark for the time being.

There were light outages on Waukegan Road north of Route 176 and south of Route 137. The major arterial routes through both towns were largely unobstructed.

While 68 mph winds were recorded in the village of Lake in the Hills Tuesday night, no significant damage was reported Wednesday morning from the storms that swept the area.

The Lake in the Hills Police Department reported downed branches and intermittent power outages as the most significant issues from last night's storm.

Barrington Public Works crews are working to haul away the remains of a large tree that snapped during the storm. Public Works anticipates it will take at least until Friday to clear out all of the debris around town.  

In Northbrook, heavy traffic on Willow Road west of I-94 past Waukegan Road because of traffic lights without power.

In Palatine about 2,700 homes were without power. By noon, power had been restored to about 1,000 of those households and all power was expected to be restored by the end of the day.

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