Evanston city officials say the waves of thunderstorms that swept through the area overnight have left about 2,100 ComEd customers without electric service this morning.

Most of the outages are reportedly in southeast Evanston, in an area bounded by  Main Street, Chicago Avenue, South Boulevard and Ridge Avenue.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says ComEd so far hasn’t been able to provide reliable estimates on when service will be restored, but that because the damage throughout the region has been the smallest of the several recent storms, he’s hoping that the power may come back on more quickly.

If you don’t have power you can call ComEd’s toll-free number 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) to get updates directly from the utility or visit the ComEd website.

Call 311 or visit the 311 website to report downed trees, road hazards or for other information.

If the loss of power in your home or business requires emergency medical or police assistance, please call 911.

ComEd also offers the following suggestions for customers experiencing a prolonged outage:

  • Turn off all appliances including your furnace and electric water heater.
  • Leave a lamp on so you can know when power has been restored.
  • Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed and open them only when necessary. Food will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer, if the door remains closed. A half-full freezer will generally keep food frozen for 24 hours.
  • Customers who are on medical support equipment are strongly encouraged to evacuate to a place where they can be comfortable and safe.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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