NWS Warns of High Waves, Dangerous Swimming Conditions Along Lake Michigan | NBC Chicago

NWS Warns of High Waves, Dangerous Swimming Conditions Along Lake Michigan

North winds gusting upwards of 20 mph will create powerful waves 5 to 8 feet high, forecasters warn

Sky5 shows high waves sweeping the bike path of Montrose Beach Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazard Alert that will remain in effect for northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana through the night, Beachgoers are asked to stay out of the water. (Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016)

The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazard Alert Tuesday morning, warning of dangerous swimming conditions along Lake Michigan.

Life threatening waves and currents are expected near the shore in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana beaches, according to the warning.

Models shows powerful rip currents and waves reaching upwards of 8 feet high will create for potentially life-threatening conditions, NWS reports.

People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water, the weather service said. The alert remains in effect until late Tuesday night.

By 10 a.m., at least one Chicago area beach was under a swim ban. For more information and to check the status of a beach in your neighborhood, visit cpdbeaches.com.

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