CHICAGO — Strong, gusty winds toppled trees and power lines acrossthe city Saturday.
A high wind warning was issued Saturday morning and remained in effect until 7 p.m. as the city was hit with wind gusts of more than 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The strongest wind reported Saturday was a 77 mph gust near DuPage Airport in suburban West Chicago, said Kevin Doom, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The intense winds knocked over trees, sizable branches and power lines, damaging cars and leaving some people temporarily without power, Doom said.
Chicagoans posted photos of fallen trees and damaged street signs on social media.
About 160,000 people lost power Saturday due to the winds, but crews have restored more than 99 percent of service, ComEd spokesperson Jazmin Rangel said Sunday afternoon.
The South Side and southwest suburbs were hardest hit by the wind, and crews continued to work Sunday afternoon to replace fallen power lines, Rangel said.
Lontier Hicks posted a photo of fallen trees near her apartment in Ravenswood. Walking around her neighborhood, she saw fallen branches and a fence that had been bent by the wind, she said.
“I’ve seen some pretty windy days now that I live closer to the lake, but the sound of the wind [Saturday] was just so loud,” Hicks said. “I might’ve also been hearing the tree fall down, too, which was really annoying early in the morning, but it continued all throughout the day.”
In the suburbs, roofs blew off a few barns, and parts of worn-down buildings collapsed, Doom said.
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