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Power restored for thousands after storm rakes Illinois

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Most Commonweath Edison customers in the Chicago area who lost power following a severe thunderstorm Friday have electricity again as of early Sunday, the utility said.

The powerful storm packed wind gusts of more than 55 miles per hour in some suburbs, knocking down trees and limbs, according to the National Weather Service. Some Chicago area residents saw hail up to an inch in diameter.

As of 2 a.m. Sunday, the "vast majority" of customers have been restored, and only scattered outages remain, ComEd said in a message on its Twitter account.

Anyone still without power should have electricity again later Sunday, the utility said.

The strong winds prompted Metra to stop train service on several lines Friday evening. Some trains were canceled, while other riders saw delays up to two and a half hours.

As the storm passed over the area, a man was hit by a falling tree on the Northwest Side. He was injured about 8:40 p.m. in the 7200 block of West Howard, according officials. The man was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in critical condition, fire department officials said.

The storm also caused organizers to evacuate the North Coast Music Festival at Union Park for two hours Friday.

The temperature reached 96 degrees at O'Hare Friday, much warmer than the normal 80-degree temperatures for late August, said Ben Deubelbeiss, a meteorologist with the NWS in Romeoville.

The rest of the holiday weekend is expected to be cooler, with highs in the 80s expected Saturday and Sunday.

More storms are possible Sunday night, and Monday is expected to be dry with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

The Associated Press and Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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