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About 800 ComEd customers in Evanston lost power overnight as as high winds swept through the area.

In one section of Evanston — centered between Emerson and Church streets west of Ridge Avenue — power went out about 3:15 a.m. ComEd restored power to much of that area before 4:30 a.m., but 139 customers were still without power at 7 a.m. and ComEd estimated that for them the outage might last until 10 am.

Power to another, smaller area, closer to the lakefront, apparently went out earlier and reportedly had been restored by shortly after 4 a.m.

Update 8:25 a.m.: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says forestry crews are working to clear a limb down in the 2400 block of Emerson Street and a blocked alley at 2518 Jackson Ave. Those are the only storm-related issues reported to city crews so far, he says.

Update 11:10 a.m.: ComEd now says the remaining customers without power in Evanston may have to wait until 3 p.m. before their power is restored and that additional crews have been dispatched to help with the work.

Update 4:15 p.m.: As of this hour power reportedly has been restored to all ComEd customers in Evanston, but a large number of outages remain elsewhere in the metro area.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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