Some Evanston residents were still without power this morning, 36 hours after a violent windstorm swept through the Chicago area.

Commonwealth Edison officials say about 91,000 of the nearly 440,000 customers across the metro area who lost power in the storm were still without power as of 8 a.m. today.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said it’s unclear how many residents are still without power here, but that the best estimate as of mid-morning appeared to be between 1,000 and 1,500 customers. A map provided by the city shows areas in red that were without power as of about 8 a.m.

Northwestern University officials said 42 buildings, mostly on the north end of campus, were still without power this morning and that they didn’t know when power would be restored. The buildings affected were mostly dormitories and the university remained open for business.

Evanston police and fire units spent the night doing extra patrols of areas still affected by the power failure — mainly in northwest, northeast and southeast sections of the city.

Evanston forestry crews were still out today cleaning up from trees and limbs knocked down by the storm and ComEd said it had nearly 700 crews at work throughout the Chicago area.

Top: A tree that broke off in the storm pulled down power lines on Colfax Street between Lawndale and Ridgeway avenues in northwest Evanston that had yet to be repaired this morning.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Com Ed

    The Com Ed recording said power in northeast Evanston would be restored by 10am today…at 10:15 they changed the estimated time to 2p.  There have been no Com Ed repair crews at the damaged area near Orrington and Milburn.  We'll see….

  2. ComEd-not getting it done

    In northwest Evanston Com Ed says mid-night Friday. I say 72 plus hours is a terrible response. News reports telling of a few hundred ComEd trucks on the street wed. made clear that the response was already a half day late. They should have been out tues. night. Trees and power lines still lie on the ground here. Not a single Com Ed truck in sight and no further info from hard working ciity employees who cannot move power lines. Where's the update on what our city is doing to communicate with ComEd?

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