The roaring wind in Chicago reached upwards of 72mph just shy of hurricane strength.
According to the National Hurricane Center and the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane and Wind Scale, category 1 winds of 74 to 95mph indicate 'very dangerous winds will produce' some damage.
The Saffir-Simpson scale runs to category 5 which includes winds of 157mph or higher that are likely to cause 'catastrophic damage'.
TV news meteorologist Byron Miranda was in Chicago covering the dangerous conditions nearby and tried to help the struggling woman cross the street, nearly getting himself blown away in the process.
The winds in the city were so strong the meteorologist needed several people to help the woman make it across the pavement and into a taxi.
According to NBC Chicago, the weather conditions in the city had been so severe that several buildings in the downtown area had to be evacuated after debris started flying through the air.
Chris Anderson was one of those to be evacuated, he told the news station: "We were all just looking at the windows, they sent an email out in the building telling people to move away from the windows and then maybe a half hour later they said they came on the speakers and said to evacuate via stairwell."
Thousands of people in the city also lost power and there were as many as 227 'tree emergencies' at the end of last week.
Weather sayings: True or false?
Woman nearly blown away in Chicago winds
Seeing a ring or arc around the moon is often a good indication that the weather is changing. The Weather Channel says that due to the structure and angle of an approaching warm front a hazy layer of cloud can sometimes be seen high in the sky before the rain arrives.
Seeing a red sky at night means that an area of high pressure is moving in from the west so there will be a good chance of dry and fine weather the next day. According to The Weather Channel, red sky in the morning means that the high pressure has already passed and wet and windy weather is on its way!
True! A red sky in the morning means the high pressure system has already moved east meaning the good weather has passed and wet and windy low pressure system is heading our way.
Weather records began in 1861 and since then there has been no mention of 40 dry or 40 days of rain after St Swithin's day on 15 July, says The Weather Channel.
The Pennsylvania groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil) gives a weather prediction each year on February 5 and according to tradition, if he sees his shadow and retuns to his hole then there will be another six weeks of winter. But The Weather Channel says Phil's predictions have only been right 39 per cent of the time.
Scientists have proved that there is a link between cows' behaviour and the weather. Researchers found that cows stand when the weather is warmer and are more likely to lie on the ground when it's cooler - such as just before it rains!
Swallows fly at the same height as the insects they are trying to catch and eat. When the weather is warmer, the insects are propelled higher by the rising hot air - therefore the swallows have to fly higher when the weather is warmer!
Late night rain and early morning rain are often an indication of a front passing by and this happens as often during the day as it does as night, which means rain in the morning doesn't mean it won't rain at night.
Seagulls tend to sleep on water but when it's windy and the water becomes choppy they will move inland and huddle on the beach.
This old proverb is thought to be a warning not to take off your clout (winter clothes) until the may blossom (better known as Hawthorn) is out because it heralds warm weather. Until you see it in full bloom there's always a chance the cold weather will return in the spring months, which happens quite frequently in the UK.