Much of Hinsdale Power-less Again
Updated at 11:00 a.m.
Power is out for approximately two-thirds of the Hinsdale community according to Hinsdale Police Chief Brad Bloom after a quick but powerful storm hit Monday morning.
“Because the storm was so widespread, we’ve been advised [by ComEd] that it’s going to be a multi-day response,” Bloom said.
ComEd confirmed the multi-day response time. The utility's media relations office said 378 crews are out working to restore power for 660,000 customers in the Chicago area are without electricity Monday morning. Approximately 156,000 of those customers are in the west region.
In the north suburbs, there are 298,000 affected customers and 90,000 in the south. According to ComEd the utility has requested support from surrounding states.
According to a Chicago Tribune story Monday morning, storms that passed through the Chicago area contained wind gusts that reached 75 mph.
Bloom said he was told the storm front was 30 miles wide. He’s not aware of any significant property damage or of any injuries as a result of the storm.
Bloom said felled trees are blocking a lot of Hinsdale’s roads. The chief said there are many damaged trees, but not as many as the June 21 storm.
In Clarendon Hills, Fire Chief Brian Leahy said outages in that village are mostly on the north side of town. Leahy guessed that about 1,500 Clarendon Hills customers were without power.
There are a lot of tree and wire problems in Clarendon Hills, though, according to Leahy. "About two dozen" reports of such problems have been made and the village's public works department is working with private contractors to clear approximately 20 roads closed due to felled trees.
Acting Clarendon Hills Police Chief Ted Jenkins said the traffic lights along Chicago Avenue are out.
All-in-all, however, Leahy said the effects of Monday's storm are much less problematic than those of the June 21 storm.
"This wasn’t as bad," Leahy said. "Nothing like that."
According to Hinsdale's Bloom, the village will have a better idea of how long power-line repairs will take later Monday morning.