Chicago Storms leave more than 300,000 without power; commuters stranded and flights canceled

By on Jun 22, 2011 in Natural Disasters, United States, Weather Comments

Storms in the Chicago area blew trees and limbs
onto vehicles and power lines

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Thunderstorms and heavy winds pounded Chicago and its suburbs Tuesday night, leaving more than 300,000 electric customers without power and disrupting Midwest air and rail travels, as reported by various international news sites on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

Electric company Commonwealth Edison reportedly confirmed that more than 300,000 customers were without power early Wednesday morning in Chicago and its suburbs.

Bennie Currie, a spokesman for the utility Commonwealth Edison, apparently informed the public that power could take days to return service to all customers while crews are working on it.

Likewise, electric company immediately released similar update through a statement saying, “The severe storms that passed through our service territory caused extensive damage, which will result in a multiple day restoration effort.”

Updates from the Chicago Department of Aviation purportedly reveal through CNN report that the severe weather also caused travel problems at O’Hare International Airport wherein 350 flights had been canceled.

Similarly, flights were also delayed at Chicago Midway International Airport, subsequently cancelling 30 flights at that airport.

Related reports also disclose updates from Michael Gillis, spokesman for the Chicago area commuter rail Metra. Mr. Gillis announced that four trains with passengers on board remained stranded Tuesday night nearly three hours after the storm. The weather disrupted service to the rail line connecting downtown Chicago with its northwestern suburbs.

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