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ComEd Restores 90 Percent of Customers Affected by Thursday Night Storm

As Extreme Heat Continues, ComEd Opens Emergency Operations Center and Maintains Increased Staffing Levels

CHICAGO (July 22, 2016) - Following the fast-moving storm that swept through northern Illinois Thursday evening including heavy rains, strong winds and lighting, ComEd has restored power to 90 percent of the 60,000 customers affected by the severe weather.

Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts up to 51 miles per hour entered the service territory on Thursday evening and continued until after midnight. More than 470 ComEd and contractor crews worked overnight to safely and efficiently restore service to customers. This morning, ComEd crews continue to respond to outages in the areas hit hardest by storms.

"Public safety is paramount during any storm, especially with the extreme heat conditions we're currently experiencing in northern Illinois," said Terence R. Donnelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer, ComEd. "Our crews will be working around the clock to ensure that power is restored as quickly and safely as possible to those affected by these storms."

Due to the ongoing heatwave, ComEd is continuing to closely monitor and prepare for additional severe weather that may affect parts of the ComEd service territory over the next few days. Current forecasts call for a chance of storms, with temperatures remaining in excess of 90 degrees. ComEd has opened its Emergency Operations Center and maintains increased crew staffing to swiftly respond in the event of power outages.

Public safety is paramount during storms. ComEd asks the public to continue to report any outages or safety concerns and remember to take the following precautions as clean-up continues:

  • If you encounter a downed power line, immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) or go to ComEd.com to report the location. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
  • Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous.
  • Check on elderly and other family members and neighbors to ensure their safety and make alternate arrangements in the event of an outage.

ComEd is offering the following safety and energy efficiency tips for the extreme heat conditions:

  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water
  • Relax in cooler areas of the house, such as a basement
  • Visit a public, air-conditioned facility, such as designated cooling center or library
  • Reduce additional heat and moisture by running appliances such as ovens, washing machines dryers and dishwashers during cooler periods like early morning or evening
  • Program your thermostat ten degrees higher when you leave your home and before going to sleep. You could save up to 15% a year on cooling costs
  • Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed to avoid taking in 40 percent of unwanted heat
  • Turn off all unnecessary lighting and appliances to avoid additional heat in your home
  • Keep doors firmly closed to the outside, garage or attic to keep cool air in and hot air out
  • Use fans to evenly distribute cool air and reduce usage of the air conditioner
  • Remember to check on elderly or disabled neighbors and friends

For more information, please visit our website at ComEd.com.

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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