Strong winds cause damage, close roads in Chicago

CHICAGO — High winds caused damage and street closures throughout Chicago Thursday.

Strong storms on Wednesday damaged homes in White County in eastern Illinois, where a funnel cloud was reported near Enfield. High winds and waves along Lake Michigan prompted officials in the Chicago area to warn people to avoid the shoreline on Thursday.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. today and a Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect until 1 a.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service say waves reaching heights of roughly 15 to 20 feet and flooding are possible along the Chicago lakefront on Thursday. The weather service says wind gusts could reach 50-60 mph, contributing to flooding in northeast Illinois.

For the latest weather updates, go to Chicago Weather Center