Uprooted tree at the edible acre across from ETHS

Evanston has been hit by a short, but powerful storm just after 8 a.m.  There are over 50 trees and 100 power lines down, according to City officials. No estimate is available of persons and businesses  without power in Evanston. ComEd is reporting that 400,000 persons are out of power in the region.

Residents without power are encouraged to register their power outage with ComEd’s toll-free number so they can get updates directly from ComEd – 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661).

Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 to report downed trees, road hazards or for other information. If the loss of power in your home or business requires emergency medical or police assistance, please call 9-1-1.

ComEd also offers the following suggestions for customers experiencing a prolonged outage:

• Turn off all appliances including your furnace, water heater, and water pump.

• Leave a lamp on so you can know when power has been restored.

• Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed and open them only when necessary. Food will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer, if the door remains closed. A half-full freezer will generally keep food frozen for 24 hours.

• Customers who are on medical support equipment are strongly encouraged to evacuate to a place where they can be comfortable and safe. 

For additional information, please contact the city by calling 3-1-1 or by email atinfo@cityofevanston.org