The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a high wind warning for today, October 19 from 3 p.m. until Thursday, October 20 at 10 a.m. Winds will be north to northeast at 40 to 45 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH with strongest winds being over areas adjacent to Lake Michigan. Additionally, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for today, October 19 from 3 p.m. until Thursday, October 20 at 4 p.m. Waves will build to 14 to 18 feet this afternoon and increase to 20 to 25 feet tonight.

High Wind Warning

Winds will quickly increase this by this afternoon with strong and potentially damaging winds likely late this afternoon through tonight and possibly lingering into early Thursday. Very strong winds could result in minor wind damage, downed tree limbs and downed power lines. Winds will be north to northeast at 40 to 45 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH with strongest winds being over areas adjacent to Lake Michigan from 3 p.m. today until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Residents without power are encouraged to register their power outage with ComEd’s toll-free number so they can get updates directly from ComEd; 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) or at www.comed.com. If the loss of power in your home or business requires emergency medical or police assistance, please call 9-1-1.

Residents are encouraged to contact the city’s Call Center at 3-1-1 or www.cityofevanston.org/311 to report downed trees, road hazards or for other information.

Flood Warning

Lake Michigan waves will build to 14 to 18 feet this afternoon and increase to 20 to 25 feet tonight. Waves will gradually subside to less than 15 feet by late Thursday afternoon. Large and bettering waves will result in flooding of areas near the lake likely worse than what was experienced with the late September storm. Residents on or near the shore should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property.