Winds in Chicago push massive waves onto Lake Shore Drive

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High winds produced dangerous, 10- to 15-foot waves along the lakefront path, knocking down morning bikers and runners. Police closed off the path early Friday from North Fullerton Avenue, but some runners and bikers didn’t heed the warnings. NBC Chicago helicopter footage showed several people taking spills into the waves, though no injuries were reported.

Overnight, 30 to 35 mph winds with gusts of up to 50 mph hit parts of the area, knocking out power to about 27,000 ComEd customers. The strong winds also were blamed for a building collapse in Little Village and a fire in Glenview, among other local damage. Gusty wind continued Friday even after an advisory expired at 5 a.m. for the metro area. (NBC Chicago)

The Chicago Tribune reported that 31,000 Chicago homes lost power in the storm, but only around 2,200 customers still didn’t have power this morning.

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