Strong winds from the north will create dangerous conditions along the shore of Lake Michigan through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The shoreline in northwest Indiana will be hardest hit, with waves projected to reach 13 to 17 feet, but the Chicago area lakefront will experience flooding and erosion as well.
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications has issued a lakeshore flood advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Television news cameras have captured footage of at least one cyclist nearly being swept into Lake Michigan along the lakefront trail Monday morning.
DANGEROUS WAVES: Don't let this happen to you. Strong winds are causing high waves to pound the shoreline along Lake Michigan. Stay off the the lakefront trail. https://t.co/6He8PT33Wj pic.twitter.com/v0n3QLNTmv
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) November 30, 2020
According to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, nearly half of the people who drown in the Great Lakes every year drown in Lake Michigan. There have been 108 Great Lakes drownings in 2020, 57 of them in Lake Michigan.
North winds gusting to 40 to 50 mph will create large waves along the IL and NW IN shores today into Tuesday. Waves of 13 to 17 feet along the NW Indiana shoreline will lead to significant lakeshore flooding and erosion. Lesser impacts expected along the IL shore. #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/8gx6k7pBY1
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) November 30, 2020