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Chicago lived up to its Windy City' nickname

Posted: 9:03 PM, Feb 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-20 02:07:09Z
Chicago lived up to its Windy City' nickname

It is called the “Windy City” for a reason. As temperatures in Chicago rose to the mid-60s for the first time in 2016, winds gusted over 60 MPH in the city Friday afternoon.

Chicago O’Hare Airport peaked at 62 MPH Friday at 2:46 p.m. local time. Chicago Midway Airport clocked in at 61 MPH 15 minutes later. An unofficial wind gust of 72 MPH was measured near Douglas Park.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the powerful winds disrupted electricity service for 80,000 customers. More than 160 flights at O’Hare were canceled Friday.

Reports on Twitter showed that windows on one of Chicago’s many towers were no match for the gusty winds. There were also numerous reports of downed trees and power lines. 

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.  Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs.