CHICAGO (CBS) – More than 19,000 homes and businesses in northern Illinois were arrived in Chicago.
ComEd received 19,815 customers were without power as of 8:45 am, nearly half of them in Cook County.
Trying to restore power. As of 8 a.m., the temperature in Chicago was 23 below. 30 in Chicago.
One technician in south suburban Lansing got into the basket of a cherry picker to check out overhead power lines. Crews were bundled up against the bitter cold, but the wind was not making their job easy.
“Nobody can prepare for this, really, too much. I guess if we've got a little Antarctica or North here, we got it. I always wanted to go, but I don't think I do, ”Comed overhead operator John Lee said.
ComEd overhead electric specialist Tony Toney said he was wearing seven or eight layers to keep him warm as he works to fix power outages.
“It's awfully doggone cold out here,” he said.
It is unclear when ComEd will have all the outages repaired.