CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — A total of 100 ComEd employees and 150 contractors from Chicago traveled to Florida and Georgia Tuesday night to help with power issues after Hurricane Ian hit.
We spotted some of the trucks leaving the California Avenue and Addison Street facilities on Tuesday morning.
Georgia Power and Tampa Electric have asked ComEd to be ready to help.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Cruelty Society is mobilizing to help animals affected by Hurricane Ian.
Nearly three dozen dogs and cats are waiting at a Miami shelter for a road trip to Chicago as soon as it is safe enough to leave.
The goal is to reduce overcrowding in Florida, so relief organizations can help families who may need temporary shelter.
Hurricane Ian slammed into western Cuba as a major hurricane on Tuesday and left 1 million people without power, then followed a collision course with Florida over warm Gulf waters as that it was expected to develop into a catastrophic Category 4 storm.
Ian made landfall in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, where authorities set up 55 shelters, evacuated 50,000 people and took action to protect crops in the country’s main tobacco-growing region. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Cuba experienced “significant wind and storm surge impacts” when the hurricane struck with sustained winds of 125 mph (205 km/h).
Hurricane Ian was expected to make landfall along the west coast of the Florida peninsula on Wednesday. As of Tuesday evening, the storm was still raging in the Gulf of Mexico, where warm waters allowed it to strengthen quickly.
As of 7 p.m. Chicago time on Tuesday, Hurricane Ian was located about 180 miles south-southwest of Punta Gorda, Fla., and 20 miles south-southwest of the Dry Tortugas, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm was moving north-northeast at 10 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, making it a Category 3 storm.