More than 12,000 ComEd customers are left without power after high winds and overnight storms – Chicago Tribune

Thousands of people were left without power after a series of storms hit the area overnight, causing high winds, dust storms and traffic delays.

According to ComEd, more than 12,000 customers were without power across the state Wednesday morning. A total of 670 outages were reported as of 9 a.m., including 225 in Cook County affecting more than 2,600 people. Nearly 2,500 people were also affected in DuPage and Lake counties.

On Tuesday night, winds gusted up to 75 mph in parts of central and northeastern Illinois and northwest Indiana. Temperatures rose to 90 degrees. The National Weather Service said it received 23 reports of tornadoes in the Midwest, most in Iowa. About 60 miles west of Des Moines, several people were killed by a tornado that leveled a small town, authorities said. Rescuers are still counting the number of fatalities.

As of Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service has not confirmed any tornadoes in the Chicago area, but officials are monitoring damage. Illinois State Police had issued a dust storm warning on I-55 near McLean on Tuesday afternoon.

Amid high winds, downed power lines and track obstructions caused delays on the CTA Yellow Line and Metra Milwaukee North Line early Wednesday morning.