Wind gusts predicted to be more than 50 miles per hour blew through Evanston Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, downing large trees and city street light poles.

The impact was far less extensive than another storm in mid-August, when more than 200 reports of damage were confirmed by the city.

This time, there were only eight reports of downed trees, but one of those trees, in front of 1935 Sherman Avenue, was huge and old.

The tree pulled completely out of the ground, but fortunately, did not hit any nearby buildings as it toppled over. City crews were at the site this morning, chopping up branches and ultimately working to get rid of the entire tree.

The city also says five light poles were downed by the wind.

There were no reports of injuries.

As of 9:30 a.m., only a handful of Evanston residents were still without power. That contrasts to several thousand during the August windstorm.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.