Thunderstorms batter Chicago area, leave thousands in the dark

Chicago-area utility Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd) website showed that more than 26,000 customers were without power

  
The fog begins to cover the city skyline, as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., January 29, 2019.

The fog begins to cover the city skyline, as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., January 29, 2019.

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Severe thunderstorms tore through the Chicago area on Sunday night after the National Weather Service said a "confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado" had touched down near a western suburb, causing damage.

Chicago-area utility Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd) website showed that more than 26,000 customers were without power as the thunderstorms swept through the region, near Lake Michigan in the north of the U.S. state of Illinois.

The tornado touched down near Route 53/75th Street in Woodridge, DuPage County, around 11 p.m. ET on Sunday. About a dozen homes were damaged, and four people were rushed to area hospitals with minor injuries, CBS Chicago reported.

A CBS Chicago reporter tweetedthat six people were injured in total and some residents were evacuated to nearby shelters.

The website of ComEd, a unit of Exelon Corp, showed more than 13,000 customers were without power in DuPage County alone while over 10,000 customers were in the dark in Cook County, which includes Chicago.

"The severe threat has diminished/ended for most of the Chicago metro area. Severe T-storm Watch remains in effect for a bit longer for Will, Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois, and northwest Indiana counties," NWS Chicago said on Twitter.

(Reporting by Radhika Anilkumar and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Mark Heinrich) ((Kanishka.Singh@thomsonreuters.com; +91 8061822801;))


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