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Strong and powerful winds are blowing through the Chicago area.

A High Wind Warning expired at 7 p.m. for the area.

Gusts are to build to greater than 60 mph at times and there are indications a few of the strongest gusts could reach speeds of 70 to 80 mph.

Whitecaps were spotted in Lake Michigan and the gusts have the potential to send waves greater than 10 feet on the shoreline.

The wind gusts may be strong enough to down tree limbs and powerlines. It’s a good idea to move objects indoors and out of the wind.

WGN viewers have reported trees falling down throughout the area.

For the latest weather updates, check out the WGN Weather blog.