Chicago storms leave 300,000 without power

A series of violent thunderstorms knocked down trees and power lines in the Chicago area Thursday, leaving about 300,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

Chicago storms leave 300,000 without power
A series of violent thunderstorms knocked down trees and power lines in the Chicago area Thursday, leaving about 300,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

Although ComEd crews are out in force, the utility company warns it could be several days before all their customers have electricity again, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

O'Hare and Midway airports were shut down for two hours Thursday afternoon after tornado threats forced the evacuation of a regional air traffic control center in Elgin. The air traffic tower at O'Hare was also evacuated.

Airport officials suggest travelers call airlines to check the status of flights Friday.

While most CTA rail service has been restored, it was unclear how the Metra commuter trains would be running Friday since two lines were dealing with debris, broken gates, downed power lines and water on the tracks.

Thursday's storms brought so much rain, the region's Deep Tunnel System was overwhelmed, forcing officials to open locks that released storm water and untreated sewage into Lake Michigan, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The sudden flooding closed interstate highways around the area Thursday.

More severe rain was expected Friday.


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Last Mod: 24 Ağustos 2007, 17:07
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