"Good Morning, Chicago! This beautiful, September day will be the first of the last nice days we'll be seeing for a while. So get out there and spend them wisely!"
"That's right, Bob. We've got some nasty weather headed this way."
"How bad's it look Jim?"
"Well, right now it's still gathering up momentum coming in from the west, and it may just fizzle out into some showers. But if the high pressure from the north comes in when the rain gets here, we could be in for some nasty winds and thunderstorms."
"Well, they don't call us the Windy City for nothing."
"That's for sure. We take you now to our live, radio-traffic helicopter with Lisa. High in the sky, how are we doing today, Lisa?"
"We're doing just fine up here, Jim. it's the morning traffic you've got to look out for."
"We've gotten a a number of reports that there is a huge pile up at W. 19th Street in front of St. Anthony's Hospital. Can you tell us what you see?"
"Of course, Jim. Up here in the WBBZ helicopter we've got about five cars piled up and a lot of people moving around down below, right in front of the hospital. Police are on their way and clean up crews should be in place soon."
"We've been asked to inform the public that if they need medical attention, they should report to one of the other downtown Chicago hospitals for the next couple hours." - WBBZ Morning Radio Show
St. Anthony's Hospital.
Early in the morning, the staff of St. Anthony's are arriving for their shift while others go home to sleep. This quiet, rather un-ceremonious changing of the guards is noticed by few. The normal sounds of AM traffic and the hustle and bustle of city life can be heard by runners and dog walkers alike in Douglas Park.
Traffic is moving well today. A first in several months now that school is back in session and tourists have thinned out.
Rumbling up on the tracks, the train screeches to a halt. The inaudible robotic voice of the conductor announces the station names upon approach. The doors glide open to exchange groggy passengers at various stations. Coffee in hand and earphones securely in place, many patrons of all professions make for their early clock in times.