A blown transformer has knocked out power to portions of northwest Evanston this afternoon, on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Police report traffic signals out at McCormick Boulevard and Green Bay Road and McCormick and Bridge Street.

In addition a tree caught fire at the scene of the blown transformer, but a fire crew was able to quickly extinguish that.

The transformer blew around 4 p.m. There was no immediate word on the extent of the power outage or how quickly power would be restored.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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