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1,000 remain without power Thursday

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Just about 1,000 customers remain without power following Sunday's powerful storms, adding that it hopes to have power restored to everyone by the end of the day.

ComEd officials said power has been restored to about 99 percent of customers who were affected by Sunday's storms, which created outages for about 300,000 customers.

ComEd spokeswoman Arlana Johnson previously said most customers were getting power back by Wednesday night, but said a few customers would not be back up until Thursday.

A spokesperson Wednesday night said the utility is still aiming to meet that deadline. The utility said on their website that they have "600 crews working around the clock to assess damage and restore service," and have restored power to all customers in the south and far west suburbs.

The areas still without power are the ones most severely affected by the storms, where crews would have to "essentially rebuild the systems," installing new poles and other equipment, Johnson said.

Residents in Glen Ellyn said they are just trying to stay cool the best way they can. Some residents said village officials and ComEd have done a good job of restoring power.

But others criticized those officials for going ahead with a Fourth of July celebration. They would have preferred that all resources and energy was put toward the storm cleanup.

All Commonwealth Edison customers in the south and far west suburbs have electricity again as of Tuesday night, but some north and near west suburban residents hardest hit by Sunday's storm should see power restored by late Thursday.

Power was restored Tuesday afternoon after more than 800 customers in the Ravenswood neighborhood lost power around 4 p.m. that day.

The power was restored at about 4:45 p.m., according to a ComEd spokeswoman, who added the power was out for a little under two hours.

About 830 people were affected near West Foster Avenue and North Paulina Street, ComEd spokesman John Schoen said.

The Sunday storms hit the north and west suburbs hardest, and 60 kayakers had to be rescued from the Chicago River downtown. Workers have restored power to more than 300,000 ComEd customers since Monday, the utility said.

Nearly 200 calls of fallen trees and branches poured into Chicago's 911 center, along with 50 calls of downed wires and 35 street light outages.

In West Chicago, crews moved huge trees that were blown down in the weekend storms before they could even get to the power lines. Residents did what they could to stay cool.

"We're sleeping in the basement, a little bit cooler down there. So that keeps us going in the evenings. Neighbors have generators. We have yet to pull our cord over there," Damon Schroader said.

In Lockport, some residents have been without power since Friday and some are getting impatient.

"Saturday we were told we could have power back Sunday. Sunday came and went. We called them today, 8:30 a.m., we were told we would have power back at 9 a.m. We still have a line hanging across our backyard," Josh Nelms said.

Forecasters predict little relief for residents without air conditioning, as hot and humid conditions and highs in the 90s or higher will last through at least Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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ComEd urges customers to avoid and report any downed power lines, and report outages to (800) Edison1 or text outages to OUT26633. ComEd also has a mobile app, for both iPhone and Android devices, which customers can use to report outages.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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