The weather, currently.
Takeaways for Chicago's weather:
1. Second Straight Day With 60s
2. A Chilly Rain On Friday
3. A Few Flakes Possible By Saturday
Thursday will be the second day in a row with highs in the 60s for most of us. A wind off the lake will keep it in the 50s right along the lakeshore. A light spotty shower possible too but mainly just more clouds expected. Best chance of rain comes Friday into Friday night. This could end with some wet snow mainly north and northwest of the city but only minor accumulations if any. We bounce back from the 40s for highs Friday and Saturday to near 60°F on Sunday. — Tim McGill
What you need to know, currently.
A major 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, leaving 2 million people without power and triggering a tsunami warning. This quake comes a little over 11 years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Fukushima region in 2011.
While tsunami warnings are still in place and aftershocks are expected for the next several days, tsunami waves are likely to only reach a few feet in height. For reference, the 2011 tsunami reached a max of 130 feet.
Early footage and reports of the quake show major shaking and outages as well as a train derailment. Japan, fortunately, has some of the best infrastructure in the world in terms of mitigating the effects of earthquakes.