3 buildings in Humboldt Park, Old Town sustain roof damage, trees fall on vehicles due to heavy winds

High winds tore through the city on Tuesday, downing trees and damaging buildings across several Chicago neighborhoods.

It’s estimated that wind speeds reached as high as 70 miles per hour.

At Kostner and Potomac, city crews were clearing debris Tuesday night after Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the block.

Kenneth Jackson was in his basement when he described hearing a whistling sound, followed by a loud snap.

"Snap, crackle, pop," said Jackson.


Jackson went outside to find that his car took the brunt of the damage and was completely crushed by the massive tree. Still, he said he's grateful.

"I'm still here talking to you. Car you can get, life you can't," said Jackson.

Less than one mile away in the 4500 block of West Grand Avenue, bricks crumbled and portions of one building's roof were torn off.

Other area roofs also didn't stand a chance, including at the Greater Youth Outreach Ministries in the 3600 block of West Grand Avenue, where sections of roofing ended up in nearby parking lots.

Fire officials also responded to the 1600 block of North Wells Street, where debris littered the street.

In Logan Square, a large tree fell near Rockwell and Talman, crushing cars in the process.

In the city's Austin neighborhood, ComEd crews responded to damaged utility poles and downed lines.  

Chicago fire officials said there were no reports of injuries.