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Dangerous, 6-Foot Waves Possible At Lake Michigan Beaches On Thursday

People should avoid going near the shore or swimming at Chicago's Lake Michigan beaches, the National Weather Service warned.

Waves crash into a deteriorating barrier wall behind the Windsor Beach Apartments in South Shore, a national landmark since 1978.
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CHICAGO — City beaches will see dangerous waves and currents Thursday, officials said.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement, warning high waves and dangerous currents can be expected at Lake Michigan beaches in Cook County through late Thursday.

Conditions will be “life-threatening” for swimmers — particularly those who are inexperienced, according to the weather agency. The weather will also be hazardous for people in boats.

The lake could see waves 3-6 feet tall and dangerous currents. People should stay out of the water and avoid piers, jetties and other structures along the shore, according to the National Weather Service.

The high swim risk will continue into Friday morning for some beaches, and there will be a high risk for swimmers again Sunday, according to the weather agency.