The Windy City of Chicago will live up to its name Thursday. The latest spring storm system to march its way across the US is still lingering in the east. That means the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms in the mid-Atlantic and snow in Michigan and the northeast. Soggy conditions will linger in the Great Lakes region as well. More importantly, strong northerly winds won’t just be a nuisance. Down trees and power lines, hazardous travel and lake shore flooding may occur.
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) April 5, 2017
Early morning wind gusts topped out around 45 mph at Chicago Midway Airport, 55 mph in Gary, IN and 55 mph along the lake shore in Michigan City, IN. Chris Hush from NBC Chicago witnessed the winds Wednesday firsthand:
— Chris Hush (@ChrisHushNBC) April 5, 2017
Wind speeds this strong will drive waves up to 15-20 ft. The National Weather Service in Chicago described the hazards as follows:
High Wind Warnings are in place for Chicago through Thursday afternoon.
The last time winds in Chicago were this strong was back in October of 2014. Lake Shore Drive was flooded. Trees snapped along the major roadway, blocking traffic.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos