Storms snarl trains, planes, power

July 11, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Travel on the CTA, Metra, roads and at the airports has been affected.

Metra suspended service on its Union Pacific lines Monday until about 9 a.m. Service both inbound and outbound was suspended on the North, Northwest and West lines. Trains resumed service but were delayed across the lines. Two inbound trains on the North line were stopped completely in the Lake Bluff area and delayed more thn 90 minutes as of 11 a.m. An inbound train on the Northwest line was operating three hours late.

Metra's BNSF was also reporting delays of at least 15 minutes in each direction due to high winds and weather.

Several CTA lines were suspended due to debris. The Red Line was running shuttle buses between Howard and Morse and again between Wilson and Addison due to debris on the tracks.

The CTA has stopped trains on the Purple Line between Howard and Linden Avenue because of debris on the tracks. Bus shuttles are in place. Power has also been shut off on the Yellow Line due to debris on the tracks. CTA recommends customers use the 97 Skokie bus service. There will be additional service along that route to accommodate extra customers.

Chicago's aviation department says airlines at both airports have suspended flight operations as of 8:35 a.m.

ComEd says more than 80,000 customers are without power; 78,000 of those outages are in the western and northwestern suburbs.

Downed power lines were strewn across all lanes on Buckley Road about 100 yards east of the I-94 Tollway. All lanes were blocked in both directions. Traffic on i-94 exiting at Buckley can go westbound only.

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