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Storm batters western suburbs with high winds

A line of severe thunderstorms hit the western suburbs around rush hour this evening that snarled traffic, sent tree limbs crashing down and knocked out power. 

Thousands are without power this evening, according to ComEd, from Cicero to Naperville. 

According to ComEd, the storm left 187,000 customers without power in the overall Chicago region. 

On the Suburban Life Facebook page, many readers reported flickering lights as the storm blew over the area. Some reported losing power. 

"Just blew threw Berwyn, my lights went on and off......then back on!" Reader Maureen Danhoff Luksa posted on Facebook. 

A blown transformer at Ogden and First avenues in Lyons closed the intersection as police tried to direct traffic down alternate routes. In Lemont, customers are still without power. In Western Springs, large tree branches blocked the road on Johnson Avenue near Ogden Ave. 

The National Weather Service issued a severe weather alert at about 4:30 p.m. today for a line of severe thunderstorms headed for the area. Wind gusts were expected to be as high as 60 mph. Dime sized hail and possible tornadoes were also predicted. 

You can send in your storm photos to the Suburban Life by uploading them on our website here.

A ComEd spokeswoman said crews are working tonight to restore power to customers as quickly as possible, but as still assessing the damage. 

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