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Thursday, January 31, 2019

America in Trouble: Polar Vortex hits Chicago and major states (See details)

The United States of America have recently been struck by Terror winter. The phenomenon which is widely known as 'Polar Vortex' have crippled activities in key states and brought panic to US Citizens. 

In preparation for the Polar vortex that has now hit Chicago, rail crews set fires to keep trains moving through the Windy City.

A photo posted by Chicago’s railway authority Metra shows employees stand near as bright flames heat up metal near the train tracks.

If the rails were not warmed up, the extreme cold could shrink the metal and cause the rails to “literally pull apart from each other,” Metra transit posted to Instagram.

While it may look like the train tracks are actually on fire, that is not the case, according to a Metra news release.

"Despite popular belief, the tracks themselves are not on fire,” the release states. “Instead, the flames come from a gas-fed system that runs adjacent to the rail, generating heat on the critical areas where the switches are supposed to make contact.”

Switches are what allow a train to change tracks.

Chicago hit a record low Wednesday morning, ABC7 reported. It was -22 degrees, with a wind chill of 49 below zero, at the airport, the station reported.

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