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Snowstorm And High Winds Knock Out Power To 34,000 In Chicago

The storm caused outages at 339,000 homes across the area, ComEd reported.

A cyclist in the snow early Monday.
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CHICAGO — The overnight snowstorm Sunday and Monday knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes across the area, including 34,000 in Chicago, ComEd reported.

High winds and snow knocked down streetlights, trees and power lines.

In total, 339,000 customers lost power when the storm began,  said John Schoen, a ComEd spokesman.

By 9 a.m., that number was cut to 177,000 thanks to 800 crews working to restore power, he said.

In Chicago and Maywood, Schoen said about 34,000 people were still without power as of 9 a.m. Some areas of the city that were without power included some parts of Randolph Street in the West Loop.

“The really wet, heavy snow with significant winds contributed to the outages,” he said. “And we had a lot of trees go down overnight during the storm. The storms started yesterday late afternoon and started to see outages in the western areas that had snow, but in Chicago it was mostly rain that didn’t turn into snow until the early morning hours.”

Despite the power outages, some Chicago schools like Grover Cleveland Elementary School, 3121 W. Byron St., were still accepting students Monday morning. 

“There’s no power and no heat at the school due to the blizzard. The school is warm this morning. If your child has no other option for childcare today, they can be dropped off at Cleveland at 8 a.m. and then they will be walked over to Murphy Elementary,” Debora Denise Ward, principal at the school, posted on Facebook at 7:22 a.m. “Students should then be picked up at Cleveland at 3 p.m.”

The power at Rufus M. Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. Mcvicker Ave., was also reported out around 8:09 a.m. but restored by 10 a.m.

A representative for CPS was not immediately available to answer questions about how many Chicago schools were still without power Monday morning.

West Loop Athletic Club sent an email to its members letting them know they were closed and were working with ComEd to restore power.

Block Club asked Chicagoans still without power to share their experience.

“I broke off a near 5-inch thick circle of ice and snow around my power lines leading to my house. Lines were sagging nearly to the ground. Scared me to death,” Jeff Lewis said, who lives near North Canfield Avenue and West Foster Avenue.

A full list of the city’s warming centers, offer residents refuge from the cold, can be found below.

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