More than 750,000 People in Chicago Region Without Power Yesterday, According to Generac

250,000 Still without Power Today

Latest in a string of major U.S. power outages

Power outages are preventable for most homeowners

Jul 13, 2011, 16:51 ET from Generac

WAUKESHA, Wis., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago region is paralyzed by power outages following this week's severe weather, just two weeks after storms ravaged the region in late June. Hundreds of thousands of people may not regain power until the weekend, when a dangerous heat wave is predicted.  

The outage is the largest in Chicago history.

Already this year there have been several major power outages in the United States, including 125,000 people in Detroit over the Fourth of July, 700,000 people in Tuscaloosa, Ala following the April 27 tornado and 65,000 people following the Joplin, Mo. tornado.


Waukesha, Wis.-based Generac, the leading manufacturer of power generation products since 1959. Generac spokesman Duane Nelson is available for interviews about what people should do in response to power outages and what type of generators are the best investment for people concerned about how power outages will affect their homes.

Generac stationary generators are powered by natural gas and kick on within seconds of a power outage, eliminating any power loss for homes with stationary generators. This saves expensive food and medication from spoiling, prevents basement flooding, controls home climate in both summer and winter, protects critical electric systems within the home and keeps people connected to technology in our networked world.

Immediate or future interview opportunities – via phone or in person – with Duane Nelson are available by appointment.

SOURCE Generac