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updated: 7/13/2011 1:04 PM

Power slowly but surely returning, ComEd officials said

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  • ComEd says 169,000 people are still without power.

       ComEd says 169,000 people are still without power.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 
 

ComEd officials said they are slowly and deliberately working to restore power to the hundreds of thousands that were plunged into the dark when storms hit Monday morning.

ComEd spokesman Paul Elsberg said 169,000 customers still remained without power as of noon Wednesday, with 113,000 of those customers in the hardest hit northern region of the state.

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He added 34,000 people remain without power in the western region, while 15,000 remain without power in Chicago and 6,000 people are without power in the southern region.

He said 685,000 customers have been restored since the storms hit Monday morning, and that 700 crews are on scene statewide trying to restore power.

He said additional crews are expected to arrive today to inflate the number of crews working.

"At this point, we have power restored to 75 percent of our customers, and our goal remains to have 90 percent restored by late Thursday night," he said.

Thankfully, the weather seems to want to cooperate today. Officials from the National Weather Service said the highs will only reach the mid-70s today, and the high 50s or low 60s overnight.

Check back later to dailyherald.com for more updates regarding the power as additional information is released.

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