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High winds down power lines in Joliet area

Strong winds whirled through much of northern Illinois, including Joliet, throughout Wednesday.

Police and firefighters shut down southbound Larkin Avenue north of McDonough Street because of downed power lines Wednesday morning.

Despite the gusts, Joliet area ComEd customers were minimally affected by outages compared with other areas, spokeswoman Luz Bottecchia said.

The National Weather Service issued an alert about a “significant non-thunderstorm wind risk” for Wednesday in northern Illinois and Indiana.

Andrew Krein, a meteorologist with the NWS in Chicago, said the Joliet area saw sustained gusts of 35 to 40 mph, with the peak gusts topping out at about 65 mph.

With the wind advisory expected to end Wednesday evening, Krein said Thursday should “be pretty quiet.”

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