CHICAGO (DZS) – More than 19,000 homes and businesses in North Illinois were out of power early on Wednesday, while record-breaking colds arrived in Chicago.
ComEd said there were 19,815 customers without electricity at 8:45, almost half in Cook.
The crews worked at cold temperatures, trying to restore strength. From 8 am, the temperature in Chicago was 23 below zero, coldest since 1985, and the coldest temperature ever recorded on January 30 in Chicago.
One technician in the southern suburbs, Lansing, entered a cherry picker basket to check the overhead lines. The crews were up against the bitter cold, but the wind had made them unhappy.
– Nobody can prepare for it, really, too. I suppose if we have a small Antarctic or North Pole here, we have it. I've always wanted to visit, but I do not think I am, "said John Comer.
ComEd's electric power specialist Tony Toney said he was wearing seven or eight layers to keep him warm while he was working on repairing a power failure.
"It's terribly upset here, but we can do the best we can at this point," he said.
It is unclear when ComEd will fix all the defeats.