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Winds Gust to Near-Hurricane Levels in Chicago Area

Virtually all of the Chicago area saw gusts in excess of 50 mph

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    After Friday's wind storm, the Chicago area is continuing to recover from damage inflicted by the 72 mile-per-hour winds ripped through the city and suburbs. NBC 5's Susan Carlson has the latest. (Published Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016)

    Dangerously high wind gusts were reported across the Chicago area Friday, some reaching near hurricane levels. 

    The highest winds were reported in Southwest Douglas Park, which saw gusts peak at 72 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts for a category one hurricane begin at 74 mph.

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    Virtually all of the Chicago area saw gusts in excess of 50 mph as a High Wind Warning remained in effect until 6 p.m. The winds caused power outages for thousands of people and forced several downtown Chicago buildings to be evacuated. 

    Here's a look at the highest winds reported, according to the NWS:

    1. Southwest Douglas Park: 72 mph

    2. Gary Airport: 70 mph

    3. Ottawa: 68 mph

    4. Shorewood: 67 mph

    5. Elburn: 66 mph

    6. Palatine: 64 mph

    7. Chicago O'Hare: 62 mph

    8. Chicago: 62 mph

    9. Harwood Heights: 62 mph

    10. Michigan City: 62 mph

    11. Steward: 61 mph

    12. Rochelle Airport: 61 mph

    13. Sugar Grove, Aurora: 61 mph

    14. Waukegan Airport: 61 mph

    15. Rockford Airport: 61 mph

    16. Valparaiso Airport: 61 mph

    17. Peru Airport: 61 mph

    18. Chicago Midway: 61 mph

    19. Rosemont: 60 mph

    20. Michigan City: 59 mph