High winds keep crews busy


Evanston forestry crews were kept busy into Halloween evening responding to reports of downed trees and tree limbs while firefighters were call to check out numerous reports of downed power lines.

Strong northerly winds gusting at what the National Weather Service said was up to 60 miles an hour also drove waves on the Lake Michigan shoreline that were reported as much as 23 feet high.

Despite that, ComEd reported fewer than 100 customers without power as of about 8 p.m.

Northwestern University police closed the lakeshore area on campus and city officials urged residents to stay away from the beaches because of the dangerous conditions.

Update 1 p.m. 11/1/14: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the final tally on storm impacts looks like this:

  • Ten trees down and 30 trees with limbs damaged.
  • Two street lights down and damage to the wheelchair access ramp at Lighthouse Beach.
  • Fifty-one Fire Department responses for trees and a few scattered power line issues.
  • And the police report one person was removed from the lakefront who was trying to go swimming.

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