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High Winds Send Tree Crashing onto Cars in Lincoln Park

By Paul Biasco | July 20, 2013 11:30am | Updated on July 20, 2013 2:40pm
 High winds Friday night sent tree limbs flying in various parts of the area, including in Lincoln Park where at least one car was crunched by a falling branch.
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LINCOLN PARK — High winds Friday night sent tree limbs flying in various parts of the Chicago area, including in Lincoln Park where two cars were reported damaged by a falling branch.

While the recent heat wave has moved on, high winds are still in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. The National Weather Service says winds out of the northeast and building waves may produce dangerous swimming conditions for Lake Michigan late Saturday and Sunday morning.

The high winds Friday knocked out power for thousands, mostly in the northern suburbs. The weather service had warned of winds as high as 60 miles per hour.

Because of the storm, a Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field featured a 2-and-a-half hour break, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park ended early and Phish reportedly cancelled their show at Northerly Island during the second set. 

"Unfortunately that's it for the night. Again the venue has been evacuated due to a storm that is approaching the area," the band announced via Twitter.

In Lincoln Park, in the 1800 block of North Howe street, cars were reportedly damaged by a falling tree during the storm.

"The tree fell on a car passing [by] but thankfully the driver was not hurt," said a neighbor. "The tree wrecked his car as well as a parked car."

Saturday's accuweather forcast calls for a high of 82 with Sunday bringing clouds and sun with a high of 79 degrees.