CHICAGO – So far there have been at least five confirmed cold-related deaths in this brutal weather, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The city of Chicago has opened its warming centers fore a second straight day. It is certainly a good idea to stay indoors; those who had to be out in these bitter temperatures were certainly bundled up.
With temperatures peaking in the single digits and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour, it actually felt like 10-to-15 degrees below zero.
In The Loop, from cops to couriers, nearly everyone was bundled up with hats and scarves, leaving almost no skin exposed, guarding against frostbite.
Against the bright blue sky, steam meeting the Arctic air was visible rolling off skyscrapers, and at the lakefront, waves crashed along Lake Michigan’s frozen shoreline. In weather like this, the Water Tower might as well be the ice tower.
In the meantime Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited a warming center for seniors, reminding Chicagoans to use common sense in the cold.
Chicago is expected to have at least one more day of these brutal temperatures before the warm-up begins.