High winds to batter Chicago area Wednesday

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Wind gusts up to nearly 60 mph could cause travel problems or property damage throughout the Chicago area Wednesday.

A high wind warning is in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout Chicago and the northern and western suburbs, according to the National Weather Service. Sustained west wind speeds will be at least 40 mph, with gusts up to 58 mph or more.

The weather service said the impact of Wednesday’s winds could be comparable to the storm that hit the region Feb. 19, damaging trees and buildings and causing widespread power outages. Lightweight outdoor objects should be secured or brought indoors to prevent property damage.

High winds can also make travel difficult throughout the day Wednesday, especially for high-profile vehicles on north-to-south oriented roads, the weather service said.

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