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The City of Evanston continues to recover from a strong storm that swept quickly through the city Monday morning. The storm brought strong winds which felled trees and power lines throughout the city. Peak power outage numbers were at 18,745 ComEd customers earlier in the day and now are down to 8,300. Click here to view outage map>>>

Because it will take ComEd multiple days to restore power to all Evanston residents and due to the high temperatures, the City of Evanston will make available to the public the use of its community centers, libraries and the Morton Civic Center. All city facilities have air-conditioning and many have WiFi connections.

• Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. (4th Floor, Parasol Room) – WiFi
• Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
• Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.
• Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St.
• Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. – WiFi
• North Branch Library, 2026 Central St. – WiFi
• Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. – WiFI
• Howard St Police Outpost, 633 Howard St. 12 – 2pm for cooling and access to power – WiFi

ComEd said that they do have crews in Evanston working to restore power, and stated that a total power restoration will not happen until 5 p.m. on July 13th.

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) or at www.comed.com.

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 at info@cityofevanston.org.