It’s a precaution that the city hasn’t had to take since the 2011 blizzard, said city spokesman Eric Palmer.
“We’re taking this seriously,” Palmer said. “This (storm) looks as if it’s going to come into the metropolitan area during rush hour. We want to make sure that we can get our staff home safely.”
Evanston closed all of its facilities as of 3 p.m. and closed all beaches. Officials are also called around to construction sites to make sure that construction materials are tied down and cranes are secured before winds pick up, Palmer said. Most city employees were sent home, but some were held back in case the storms take down trees or cause flooding, Palmer said.
Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny and cooler, with high temperatures in the mid 60s.
Tribune reporters Kim Geiger, Michael Holtz and Alexandra Chachkevitch contributed.