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Up to 11 inches of snow and moderate winds expected
CHICAGO, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd is closely monitoring and preparing for the winter storm expected to hit Northern Illinois early Tuesday morning. The storm is expected to bring 7-11 inches of snow, with wind gusts of up to 35 mph. Coupled with high wind gusts, heavy, wet snow can cover tree limbs, electric delivery equipment and power lines, and cause power outages. ComEd is readying its crews and equipment to respond quickly in the event of outages.
"This storm is expected to bring our largest snowfall this winter," said Terence Donnelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "ComEd is already making preparations to ensure that we are staffed and equipped to respond quickly to possible outages."
ComEd urges customers to contact the utility immediately if they experience a power outage. To report an outage, customers can call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report it through the web site at ComEd.com. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report their outage and receive restoration information, and can follow the company on Twitter @ComEd or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComEd to stay up to date on the latest ComEd storm restoration information. ComEd also has an interactive outage map on its website, which allows customers to easily find information on the location and size of outages and get estimated power restoration times. Additionally, ComEd has introduced a mobile app for iPhone and Android® smart phones that gives customers the ability to report power outages and manage their accounts.
Public safety is paramount during storms and ComEd encourages the public to remember to take the following precautions:
ComEd also offers the following tips to help customers safely prepare their homes for winter weather, manage their energy usage and reduce electricity costs.
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.
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