Beach hazard in effect, people advised to stay out of Lake Michigan

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CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard statement.

Life threatening waves and currents are expected at beaches Monday and people visiting beaches are advised to stay out of the water.

The effect is in place for Northwest Indiana beaches and all unprotected Northeast Illinois beaches through Tuesday evening.

Strong rip currents and waves reaching heights of 5 to 8 feet are expected.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water moving quickly away from shore and can sweep swimmers into deeper water.

Exposed beaches without any structural or protective breakwalls or jetties will experience the brunt of the impact.