From reader DavidUthe: "The Last Birds of the Day ... arrive in the distance as the sun sets over Lake Sedgewick in Orland Park." See more photos and send us yours.
By Tom Skilling
Powerful winds raked the Midwest Tuesday, gusting to more than 50 mph over portions of the Chicago area -- enough to bring down branches and small limbs while at least modestly slowing the heartiest pedestrians, mariners and aviators who were directly exposed to the gales.
Peak winds hit 43 mph at 3:30 p.m. at Midway Airport and 46 mph at O'Hare. But trained spotter Brad Hruza's hand-held anemometer (a device which measures wind speeds) clocked gusts in west suburban Elburn at 52 mph. Similar gusts swept Waukegan Harbor (52 mph).
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