|[July 03, 2014]
ComEd Restores 99 Percent of Customers Affected by Monday's Severe Storms
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
ComEd has restored power to 99 percent of the more than 420,000
customers affected by Monday's fast-moving storms, which included
multiple tornadoes and strong winds reaching 120 miles per hour.
These storms brought approximately 80,000 lightning strikes, and caused
severe damage to electrical infrastructure, knocking down multiple poles
and power lines.
Nearly 900 ComEd and contractor crews have been working around the clock
to safely and efficiently restore service to customers. In addition,
approximately 400 crews from ten states continue to provide restoration
assistance until all customers are restored. Customers who remain
without power are in some of the hardest hit areas. Restoration efforts
in these locations require the most extensive physical repair work in
order to restore power safely. Crews will continue to work until power
is restored to all customers.
"Our number one priority is restoring power quickly and safely to
customers in the remaining impacted areas," said Terence R. Donnelly,
executive vice president and chief operating officer for ComEd. "We
realize that outages disrupt customers' lives and businesses. We
appreciate our customers' patience as we make repairs to our system
following this damaging storm."
ComEd urges customers to contact the utility immediately if they are
experiencing a power outage. Cusomers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to
report their outage and receive restoration information. ComEd also
offers a mobile app for iPhone (News - Alert) and Android® smart phones that gives
customers the ability to report power outages and manage their accounts.
In addition, customers can report outages through the website at
ComEd.com or on ComEd's Facebook (News - Alert) page at Facebook.com/ComEd or by
calling 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661). Spanish-speaking customers
should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
Public safety is paramount during storms and ComEd encourages the public
to remember to take the following precautions:
If you encounter a downed power line, immediately call ComEd at
1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) or access our website at ComEd.com and
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 sensitive family members and neighbors to
ensure their safety and make alternate arrangements, as it may be some
time before their power is restored.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy
provider, with approximately 6.6 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,
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