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Close to 16,000 still without power after storms

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  • A large tree was downed near the Mill Creek Golf Club clubhouse in Geneva after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.

       A large tree was downed near the Mill Creek Golf Club clubhouse in Geneva after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A tree went down in Arlington Heights on South Banbury Road as Tuesday morning storms swept through the northwest suburbs.

       A tree went down in Arlington Heights on South Banbury Road as Tuesday morning storms swept through the northwest suburbs.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The storm moves through the Geneva area early Tuesday morning.

      The storm moves through the Geneva area early Tuesday morning.
    Jeff Knox | Daily Herald

  • Dailyherald.com visitor Dawn Barry used her iPhone to take this photo of the storm hitting North Aurora shortly after 6 a.m.

      Dailyherald.com visitor Dawn Barry used her iPhone to take this photo of the storm hitting North Aurora shortly after 6 a.m.

  • With traffic backing up and the power out, police officers direct traffic at Lake Street and Route 53 in Addison following a strong storm that hit the area Tuesday morning.

       With traffic backing up and the power out, police officers direct traffic at Lake Street and Route 53 in Addison following a strong storm that hit the area Tuesday morning.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • A large oak tree is splintered at its base in Fabyan Forest Preserve after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.

       A large oak tree is splintered at its base in Fabyan Forest Preserve after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Kane County Forest Preserve District employees Paul Sanchez, left, Matthew Ikemire and Kyle Sparks work on cleanup of several downed trees at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.

       Kane County Forest Preserve District employees Paul Sanchez, left, Matthew Ikemire and Kyle Sparks work on cleanup of several downed trees at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva after strong storms swept through the area early Tuesday morning.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A tree went down in Arlington Heights on South Banbury Road as Tuesday morning storms swept through the northwest suburbs.

       A tree went down in Arlington Heights on South Banbury Road as Tuesday morning storms swept through the northwest suburbs.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

For the second time this month, a strong line of thunderstorms knocked out power to more than 300,000 ComEd customers and wrecked havoc on tree limbs across the suburbs.

The storms, which whipped through the region early Tuesday morning, produced wind gusts of up to 70 mph in some areas such as Naperville in DuPage County and Elburn in Kane County.

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As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, about 16,000 customers remained without power, and some of those might not be back up and running until Thursday night, according to a ComEd spokeswoman.

About 4,000 customers remained without power in the western region as of 7 a.m., while 1,500 were without power in the northern region, 5,000 in the southern region and 5,500 in the Chicago region, said company officials.

As of 7 a.m., ComEd had restored power to more than 300,000 customers, officials said.

The west and north regions cover the counties of Lake, Cook, DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties.

Officials from the Chicago Department of Aviation said about 115 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, and both O'Hare and Midway passengers faced delays throughout the day.

The storm rolled through just three weeks after a front knocked out power to more than 300,000 ComEd customers on July 1. Thousands who lost power during that storm, were without electricity through the Independence Day holiday.

Officials said the worst locations struck by Tuesday morning's storm were in DuPage County, where numerous tree limbs and wires were knocked down.

Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli said the 911 center handled about 215 calls in 40 minutes during the height of the storm, and that the city of Aurora has 30 employees cleaning up the mess.

"I think this one's bark was a little worse than its bite," said Bensenville public works Director Joseph Caracci, comparing the two July storms.

Although there is only a 20 percent chance of showers and a possible thunderstorm today, the severe weather is not expected to let up, as temperatures are predicted to reach highs around 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

A Heat advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. today with afternoon heat index readings expected to reach between 102 to 107.

• Daily Herald staff writer Hannah Meisel contributed to this story.

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