Beach Hazards along the northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana shorelines and Lakeshore Flooding along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline

High waves cause flooding on Lake Shore Drive on October 31, 2014.

..BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM
7 AM CDT THIS MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY 
EVENING...

...LAKESHORE FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT 
FROM NOON TODAY TO 11 PM CDT THIS 
EVENING...

..Northeast winds will strengthen, gusting over 20 mph today..

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Lakeshore
Flood Advisory...which is in effect from noon today to 11 PM CDT
this evening. A Beach Hazards Statement has also been issued for
the northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana shoreline.

* LAKE SHORE FLOODING.



* HIGH WAVE ACTION AND DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS EXPECTED.

* LOCATION...Along the beaches and coastline of northeastern
  Illinois and northwest Indiana.

* FORECAST WAVE HEIGHTS...5 to 8 feet and occasionally as high as
  10 feet.

* TIMING...Noon today to 11 PM CDT this evening for the Lakeshore
  Flood Advisory and 7 AM CDT this morning through Sunday evening
  for the Beach Hazards Statement.

* IMPACTS....
Life threatening waves and currents are expected at the beaches.
People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water.



Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in
sandbars. Rip currents can sweep you into deeper water.

Structural currents form along piers where longshore currents and
wave action flow into the structure. Structural currents can
sweep you into deeper water along the pier structure.

Spray may reach portions of Lakeshore Drive or adjacent bike paths
in downtown Chicago. Minor beach erosion may occur as well at 
northeastern Illinois beaches.
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