Nearly 1,000 Evanston residents were among a half million ComEd customers in the metro area left without power in the wake of severe thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

A ComEd spokesman says nearly two-thirds of the customers had their service restored by this afternoon, but some may be in for a multi-day power outage as crews work to fix downed power lines, split poles and damaged equipment.

There have also been reports of scattered traffic signal outages, including at Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard and at Howard Street and Asbury Avenue.

Some residents are considering buying dry ice to try to keep food in their refrigerators and freezers from spoiling. Online listings indicate that Homers Ice Cream in Wilmette and Packy’s Wine and Liquors in Des Plaines carry dry ice, but, if you need it, you should probably call first to check whether they still have any available.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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