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Powerful storms damaged an outdoor garden center at the Walmart Supercenter in Morris, Ill. (Credit; CBS)

National Weather Service Confirms Two Brief Tornadoes Hit Monday Evening

The NWS confirms two brief EF-1 tornadoes occurred Monday evening, with one near the town of Earlville and the second in Plainfield.

07/01/2014

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Severe Weather Hits Chicago Area

A line of severe thunderstorms hit the Chicago area Monday, causing power outages, flight cancellations and delays and other problems. By late Monday, a second wave of storms was expected.

06/30/2014

High winds from a fast-moving storm on Monday blew two docks at DuSable Harbor off-kilter. (Credit: Carlos Beccaria)

High Winds Blow Docks Off-Kilter At DuSable Harbor

Officials at DuSable Harbor were trying to figure out how to get two docks of boats back where they should be after high winds from a brief storm on Monday knocked two docks out of position.

06/02/2014

Lightning struck the roof of an apartment building in Oak Forest, sparking a fire that sent flames shooting through the roof, causing heavy damage. (Credit: CBS)

Severe Storms Bring Flooding, Damage From Hail And Lightning

It’s bound to be a busy morning at auto shops across the Chicago area, in the wake of powerful storms that brought large, damaging hail to the city and suburbs.

05/21/2014

A woman struggles with her umbrella amid strong winds in Chicago on Thursday. (Credit: CBS)

High Winds Persist; Flood Risk Continues For Some Rivers

High winds have subsided a bit since Thursday’s storm, when four tornadoes might have touched down in central Illinois, but dangerous winds will persist through the afternoon, and gusts of up to 45 mph are likely on Friday.

02/21/2014

UP West Metra Train

Metra Hoping To Reduce Wind Delays With New Solution

The commuter rail agency’s high-wind solution is decidedly low-tech — the anemometer, a wind-speed measuring instrument that has been around for more than 500 years.

11/11/2013

High waves pound the shore at Oak Street beach on Sept. 16, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Windy Conditions Could Bring 10-Foot Waves To Lake

Windy conditions at the lakefront will make for very choppy conditions on the lake, with dangerous pounding waves prompting a warning for anyone who might want to go swimming, despite the chilly conditions.

09/16/2013

Tornado Manteno

Woman Who Survived Tornado: ‘It’s Beyond Your Imagination’

Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Thursday morning, after powerful storms tore down branches, uprooted entire trees, and knocked down power lines all across the Chicago area.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2013

Radar prediction of heavy storms expected to hit the Chicago area on June 12, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

High Risk: Severe Storms Could Bring Tree-Toppling Wind, Tornadoes

The National Weather Service was anticipating a major severe weather outbreak in the Chicago area, starting Wednesday afternoon, with a possibility of very strong storms, large hail, high winds, and a risk of tornadoes.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2013

John Hancock Center

Willis Tower Skydeck Closed Due To Wind, But Hancock Observatory Open

Strong winds forced officials at the Willis Tower to close its Skydeck for the day on Tuesday, but the observation deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center remained open for business.

CBS Chicago–10/30/2012

Waves crash the break wall along Lake Shore Drive near  Fullerton. (CBS)

Sandy Whips Up Waves, Winds On Lake Michigan

Huge waves and high winds are pounding the lakefront along Chicago and Northwest Indiana on Tuesday– all from the massive superstorm that has devastated much of the East Coast.

CBS Chicago–10/30/2012

The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago. (CBS)

High Winds Will Shut Down Ferris Wheel, Other Attractions At Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s indoor shops, restaurants and attractions will remain open Tuesday.

10/29/2012

Waves pound the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Hurricane Sandy’s Fury Felt Here In Chicago

Hurricane Sandy is so massive that it is already making its presence felt here in Chicago, causing huge swells on Lake Michigan and disrupting flight plans for thousands of people.

10/29/2012

Waves

Choppy Lake Poses Risk Of Rip Currents, Waterspouts

Conditions will be dangerous on Lake Michigan all day Friday, with blasting winds, crashing waves, and a risk for waterspouts and rip currents.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2012

Storm Damage

Storms Rip Down Trees, Set House Ablaze, Cut Power To Thousands

Booming cracks of thunder awoke the Chicago area overnight, but many homeowners are finding more than just rain on the streets outside.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

Navy Pier

High Winds Temporarily Shut Down Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

High winds along the Chicago lakefront forced Navy Pier to shut down its famous Ferris wheel for about an hour on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–02/29/2012

High waves pound the shoreline along Lake Michigan. (CBS)

High Winds, Rain Sock Chicagoland, Snow Hits NW Indiana

Strong winds, rain and possibly snow, are hitting Chicagoland hard on Tuesday, causing high waves along Lake Michigan.

11/29/2011

Cleanup of submerged boats continued Friday on Chicago's lakefront.

7 Sunken Boats Removed From Harbor, At Least 3 Still Underwater

Seven down, at least three more to go – crews were still pulling sunken, battered boats from the bottom of Monroe Harbor on Tuesday, after last week’s high winds and waves smashed them into a concrete lakefront wall.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

The prow of a sunken boat bobs in the water amid debris in Monroe Harbor, a day after nine boats sank and 11 others were damaged when waves slammed them into a concrete harbor wall on Oct. 19, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

High Waves Sink Boats, Fallen Trees Crush Cars

Longtime boaters in Chicago said they’ve never seen anything like it. Strong winds and high waves sank nine boats and damaged 11 more after they were tossed from their moorings in Monroe Harbor overnight.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2011

A window of a building at Chicago and Wabash avenues was blown out by high winds on Oct. 19, 2011, prompting officials to close off nearby streets to pedestrian traffic. (Credit: CBS)

Window Blown Out Of Near North Side High-Rise

Streets by a Near North Side high-rise were closed to pedestrian traffic Wednesday afternoon after glass from at least one window was blown out due to heavy winds.

10/19/2011

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