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  •  Oy, vey. (7+ / 0-)

    I was in a building like that in the Loop a few years ago, on an upper floor, but in the SW corner, looking straight west along Madison. We saw the wall cloud come through and when it swept past us, the wind picked up from nothing to fierce, and the rain immediately obscured the windows.

    We also felt the building swaying. That was weird, but kind of cool, too. Also. Fortunately that storm blew quickly out over Lake Michigan.

    •  Ooohhhh (6+ / 0-)

      Swaying buildings scare the crap out of me.  I have been told there are supposed to do that but I don't like it.  On a trip to Vegas I was talked into going to the top if the stratosphere to look at the rollercoaster up there.  I did, then waiting for th elevator to get the hell back down I heard this creaking noise.  It was two parts of the elevator shaft rubbing together as the building moved.  I was most unhappy.

      We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams. - Peter S. Beagle

      by jk2003 on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 12:04:43 PM PDT

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    •  A few years ago there were straight (4+ / 0-)

      line winds that hit just north of Irving Park on the lake - I was (foolishly) standing in the west-facing window watching the storm advance over the western sky. One second the clouds were west of Clark St. (about 1 mi.) and the next they SLAMMED into the windows. I was on the phone with a friend in the south building of our complex at that moment. She saw the winds go thru and take part of the roof off an adjacent high-rise.
      The office building I work in sways as well, and creaks, loudly.

      America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

      by manneckdesign on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 12:20:20 PM PDT

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      •  Might've been the same storm? (2+ / 0-)
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        Was this in 2010?

        Then again, in the Summer of 2007, I was riding the Purple Line Express northbound out of the Loop, and as the train crossed the Chicago River on the Wells St. Bridge, noticed the angry black clouds off to the west. I gave us until Fullerton before the storm hit.

        It actually hit as the train was turning the first part of the S-curve at Sedgwick. You could feel the train rocking and then the rain wiped out visibility beyond the "L" structure. Between Addison and the Sheridan curve, the power was knocked out and we sat for about 20-30 minutes. Saw lots of tree limbs down and roof damage on the Nort'side that day.

        •  That sounds about right. (0+ / 0-)

          I heard just now that some businesses downtown are sending their people home early. Looking at radar you can see hail cores and very strong cells just west of Aurora. Hope my boss will let me leave by 4:30.
          That must have been scary to be on the "L" during that storm.

          America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

          by manneckdesign on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 02:09:00 PM PDT

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