The Chicago area was reporting tens of thousands of power outages — 6,750 of them in the city — as an early-season blizzard pummeled much of northern Illinois.

As of Monday 3 a.m., 44,390 ComEd customers in Cook County were affected by power outages, according to the company’s outage map.

The Northwest Side’s Dunning, Hiawatha Park and Portage Park neighborhoods were reporting some of the highest concentrations of customers affected about 3 a.m. — over 700, according to ComEd.

DuPage County saw 25,439 customers reporting outages, the second-highest total outside Cook County, according to ComEd; 15,133 were reported Lake County, 11,651 in Kane County, 1,498 in McHenry County and 4,075 in Will County.

Customers can report outages and emergencies to ComEd 24/7 at 800-EDISON-1.

On Sunday morning, the electricity and heat service said they were increasing staffing to accommodate the blizzard’s swift winds and whiteout conditions.

Customers should stay away from downed power lines and flooded basements, as they pose dangers of electrocution, ComEd said. Trees, tree limbs and storm-damaged buildings should also be avoided.

The National Weather Service announced the blizzard warning Sunday afternoon that remains in effect until 9 a.m. Monday across most of northern Illinois, with the storm expected to “create life threatening travel conditions” Sunday night.

Thunderstorms were also beginning to spark across the area about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, creating additional risk for being outside.

Holiday travelers were already facing heavy delays and cancellations at both of the city’s airports throughout the weekend.

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