National Weather Service warns of unsafe swimming, boating conditions in Chicago area

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
Lake Michigan rip currents pose major risk to swimmers
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Rip currents in Lake Michigan are extremely dangerous for swimmers just trying to enjoy the summer weather.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The National Weather Service warned of dangerous swimming conditions in the Chicago area Sunday.

Southerly winds will generate high waves of 3 to 5 feet and strong, life-threatening rip currents, NWS said in a Tweet. The windy weather will also create hazardous boating conditions.

There is a high swim risk in Lake County through Sunday, NWS said. The threat extends south for the rest of the Illinois lakeshore as well.

NWS recommended staying out of the water and obeying posted signs and closures. Avoid piers, breakwaters and lakeshore trails, NWS added.

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