Chicago hit by fifth-worst November blizzard

NORTH AURORA, IL — The fifth worst November snowstorm in Chicago area history hit Sunday night. The blizzard, with winds blowing at 50 miles per hour, and with an official snow total of 7.4 inches caused over 1,700 cancelled flights, knocked out power to close to half a million customers, school and office closings, train delays, and road accidents.

According to the Illinois State Police, an eight-car crash in Chicago injured five people, Monday.

Some say – in photos and videos, this looks pretty. It really is. But some of our kababayans say the bitter cold temperature and the icy-cold condition, especially on the roads, are, sometimes, & can be, deadly.

74-year old Lita Curtis drove to Chicago from her home in Florida, hoping to dE-stress after dealing with hurricane Michael; only to get hit by a blizzard.   

“Well, Florida is sunny all year long. Here in Chicago, there is a lot of snow. It’s pretty, but I think it’s dangerous in driving.”

60-year old Edna Figueroa is visiting from the Philippines and as her birthday present, she wanted to tour all 50 states of America. Half way through her itinerary, she stopPED in Illinois and says — she literally was blown away by the wind and weather.  

“Ine-expect ko malamig lang. Hindi ko alam na saksakan pala ng lamig dito. At natutuwa ako at naka-experience akong mag pala ng snow. Ang saya saya pala. Parang freezer ang lamig dito.”

Temperatures dropped as low as single digits in the northern and western suburbs. No snow is in the forecast but high winds and cold continue for a couple more days. It is expected to warm up later in the week with rain in the weekend.

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