Updated: November 11, 2012 10:45PM
According to ComEd, more than 150 power outages are currently affecting more than 7,800 customers on Chicago’s Southwest Side and in the south suburbs.
Communities being affected include Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Country Club Hills, Evergreen Park, Homer Glen, Homewood, Midlothian, Oak Forest and Orland Park, according to the utility’s website.
Southland communities say their public works crews are also responding to reports of downed power lines due to high winds. In some cases, ComEd is telling communities it may take up to two hours to respond to downed lines as it is deploying resources to multiple outages in the Chicago area.
High winds were also believed to be responsible for malfunctioning traffic signals at the busy intersection of 159th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Forest.
Separately, the Orland Fire Protection District and Tinley Park firefighters responded Sunday afternoon to a wind-fueled grass fire north of Interstate 80 along the east side of 80th Avenue. Police temporarily closed 80th Avenue to traffic.