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For Immediate Release


ComEd Media Relations


High Winds No Match for ComEd Crews and Resilient Power Grid

ComEd urges customers to continue reporting downed wires, exercise caution as evening temperatures begin to drop

CHICAGO (March 6, 2022) – ComEd crews worked overnight and through the morning to restore power to more than 51,000 homes, buildings, and businesses after extremely high winds moved through the region on Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour disrupted service to nearly 52,000 customers.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, less than 500 customers remain without service, including customers in hardest-hit Rockford, Crystal Lake, Freeport, Dixon, and Chicago suburbs. Crews are working quickly and safely to get all remaining customers restored by midnight tonight. Customers are encouraged to contact ComEd immediately if they are experiencing a power outage or have a safety concern.

ComEd prioritizes attention on repairs that will bring back the greatest number of customers, and focuses on critical services, such as law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals and senior centers. Crews then move to restoration of individual outages. The following tips and information encourage customers to stay safe following severe weather:

  • If you encounter a power line, immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661).
  • 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.

Customers can sign up for Outage Alerts at or text OUT to 26633 to report their outage and receive restoration information about when their power may be restored.

ComEd also offers a mobile app for iPhone® and Android™® smart phones that gives customers the ability to report power outages and manage their accounts. In addition, customers can report outages through ComEd's Facebook and Twitter pages.


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