Shattered Windows, Downed Light Poles As High Winds Wreak Havoc In Chicago
By Stephen Gossett in News on Mar 8, 2017 8:39PM
If the worst effect today's high winds had on you was someone's attendant, insufferable reminder of the true derivation of "Windy City"—which everyone already knows but thank you, kind pedant— consider yourself lucky. Following yesterday's roof-tearing turn, today's encore gusts did a number on area power lines and downtown windows.
Dearborn was closed between Washington and Randolph on Wednesday afternoon after glass from the 38th floor of Block 37 reportedly blew out and struck a vehicle below, according to ABC7.
WGN posted a photo of some of the street-level damage nearby.
Photos posted by ABC's Rob Elgas, from Four Elements Restoration, showed another blown-out window, in Greektown, and the scattered shards of glass below.
ALERT: Fierce winds causing some damage in Chicago. Photos from Four Elements Restoration, Inc. No reports of injuries. pic.twitter.com/3GCBHE5AZs— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) March 8, 2017
In the West Haven area, a wind-toppled light pole busted two cars below, Tweeted CBS2 reporter Jeremy Ross.
As we noted earlier, high winds were so strong that up-in-the-air favorites like the Skydeck at Willis Tower and the Signature Room at John Hancock Center made the wise call to close on Wednesday.
A previously issued wind advisory from the National Weather Service remains in effect through early evening. Winds were as high as 60 mph on Wednesday, according to NWS.