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High winds blamed for building collapse, other damage in Chicago area

CHICAGO -- Wind gusts of more than 30 miles per hour tore through the Chicago area overnight Saturday, turning over lamp posts and street lights in some areas.

The wind may have even contributed to toppling a vacant building in Evanston Sunday morning. The building on the 1800 block of Simpson collapsed around 6 a.m., leaving bricks and debris all over the place. No injuries were reported.

Downtown, police blocked Illinois St. after a piece of metal ripped loose and dangled from a high-rise apartment. No injuries were reported, and traffic is flowing again.

Wind gusts of up to 50 mph in places also downed power lines in several states hugging Lake Michigan. Wind gusts peaked overnight, averaging somewhere between 45 and 60 miles an hour.

There were also scattered power outages, with ComEd reporting there were about 600 customers in the dark Sunday morning.

Some of  the highest reported wind gusts:

Harrison-Dever Crib, 59 mph
Bolingbrook, 58 mph
Munster,  56 mph
Chicago-Albany Park, 55 mph
Glendale Heights, 54 mph
Chicago- Roscoe Village, 54 mph
Kenosha, 53 mph
West Chicago Airport, 52 mph
Midway Airport, 52 mph
DeKalb, 50 mph
Wheeling Chicago Executive Airport,  47 mph
O’Hare Airport, 46 mph