Last night my daughter and I were at Woodfield Mall shopping for eye glasses when a severe storm suddenly swept through Chicago. Just when we finished our eye exams, a mall security agent came into the store ordering everyone to evacuate and seek shelter in the lower level of the building. The mall was pretty crowded, but luckily everyone remained calm while we were being ushered into the mall's emergency hallways.
More than 200,000 Commonwealth Edison customers lost power across northern Illinois in the aftermath of the storms, with about 49,000 of them in Chicago, according to Pam Anton, a utility spokeswoman. Lansing, Aurora and Lombard also had thousands of customers reporting a loss of power.