ComEd prepares for incoming winter storm

Coupled with high wind gusts, heavy, wet snow can cover tree limbs, electric delivery equipment and power lines, and cause power outages

ComEd is closely monitoring and preparing for the winter storm expected to hit Northern Illinois early March 5. 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 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.

Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), which serves about 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to about 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.

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