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Several hundred ComEd customers in Evanston are without power at this hour after a line of severe thunderstorms swept through the area.

The outages were reported shortly after 4 a.m. and the utility predicts it will have power restored by around 6:30 a.m.

The outages reportedly affect 384 customers along Dodge Avenue between Howard and Oakton streets and about 312 customers east of Ridge Avenue between Main and Oakton streets.

Update 7:25 a.m.: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says Evanston Utilities Department field crews were called in early for work this morning to address isolated reports of flooded basements and street flooding around town.

State police report that  I-94, the Edens expressway, is shut down between Foster and Touhy, and from Winnetka to Willow.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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