The National Weather Service has issued high wind and shoreline flooding warnings for Evanston.

The high wind warning runs from 3 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Thursday with winds expected to be north to northeast at 40 to 45 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

The strongest winds are expected in areas adjacent to Lake Michigan.

The flood warning runs from 3 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday. Waves along the Lake Michigan shore will build to 14 to 18 feet this afternoon and increase to 20 to 25 feet tonight.

Very strong winds could result in minor wind damage, downed tree limbs and downed power lines. 

Large and battering waves will result in flooding of areas near the lake likely worse than what was experienced with the late September storm. Residents on or near the shore should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property.

If you lose electric power you can call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 or sign up at ComEd.com to get automatied alerts about power restoration efforts.

Resident can report downed trees, road hazards and similar issues by calling 311 or visiting the city’s 311 center online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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