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High Winds, Huge Waves Expected Here Thanks to Hurricane Sandy

While the East Coast will get the brunt of the huge storm, the weather system also is prompting gale watch on Lake Michigan. Winds up to 60 mph and waves up to 22 feet are forecast.

As residents on the East Coast prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service is warning of high waves and winds on Lake Michigan as well.

The service has issued a gale watch in effect Monday night through Tuesday. The watch will be in effect for a stretch of the lake that starts in Sheboygan, WI, goes through Illinois and Indiana, and ends up at South Haven, MI.

The affected area will be from 5 nautical miles from the shoreline to about the middle of the lake, the weather service said.

Winds up to 60 mph are expected along the lakeshore from late Monday through Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service. This will cause waves up to 22 feet along the Cook County shoreline. 

A lakeshore flood watch is also in effect through Monday night in that area, according to the Chicago Tribune. The weather service reported that "these large waves will batter the beaches and shorelines leading to coastal erosion and flooding and could result in similar impacts to the storm of September 2011."

The hurricane's arrival is also having an effect on the area's temperatures, the Chicago Tribune says, keeping the cooler weather around. The high is expected near 50 on Monday and Tuesday.

Brad Faxton October 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Gotta be a typeo - I just read Lake Michigan will have 22 foot waves. WOW!
Jay Chapel October 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM
No typo. I have done many Mac races on Lake Michigan. When it's bad, it's really bad. Here is the National Weather Service Forecast: LAKE MICHIGAN FROM PENTWATER TO MANISTEE MI 5 NM OFFSHORE TO MID LAKE- 422 AM CDT MON OCT 29 2012 ...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM CDT WEDNESDAY... * WINDS...NORTH GALES TO 35 KT STARTING THIS AFTERNOON INCREASING TO GALES TO 45 KT TONIGHT. * SIGNIFICANT WAVES...8 TO 11 FT BY THIS AFTERNOON...BUILDING TO 18 TO 23 FT TUESDAY...THEN SUBSIDING TO 8 TO 12 FT WEDNESDAY NIGHT. * OCCASIONAL WAVES...TO 15 FT MONDAY AFTERNOON...BUILDING TO 31 FT TUESDAY...THEN SUBSIDING TO 16 FT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
Brad Faxton October 29, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Holy cow! Hard to believe that waves can get that tall. WOW!
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