High winds buffet Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

Winds gusting as high as 60 mph buffeted Illinois, Indiana and Michigan on Thursday, blowing down a light pole in Chicago and causing power outages.

A 60 mph gust was recorded at the airport in Valparaiso, Indiana, and a 59 mph gust was measured at Chicago Midway International Airport, the National Weather Service said.

Winds damaged power lines, trees and some structures in Chicago, including blowing off roofing, the Chicago Fire Department said on Twitter. A light pole was blown over in the South Loop, WBBM-TV reported.

More than 23,000 power customers in the three states lost service at times, utilities reported.  (AP)

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