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Rip Currents, High Waves Expected on Lake Michigan

The conditions have prompted a Beach Hazard Statement from the National Weather Service

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    (Published Sunday, July 21, 2019)

    Chicago residents and visitors are being advised to stay out of the waters of Lake Michigan, as a Beach Hazard alert has been issued by the National Weather Service.

    According to the statement, the Beach Hazard Statement will remain in effect through Monday evening as higher-than-normal waves and strong rip currents are expected on the lake.

    Waves of 4-to-6 feet are expected on the lake, and strong rip currents and structural currents are in the forecast.

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    “Life threatening waves and currents are expected at the beaches,” the weather service said. “People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water.”

    A decision on swim conditions related to the weather and surf will be announced by Chicago authorities later this morning, and can be found on the Chicago Park District’s beach status website.

    LaPorte County and Lake County in Indiana are also under Beach Hazard Statements.

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