CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Superstorm Sandy is kicking up near record-high waves of 20 feet out on Lake Michigan, several hundred miles from the center of the storm that's pounding the East Coast.
National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Krein says the record wave height on the lake is 23 feet, set around the same time last year during a strong winter storm.
Krein says what's unusual is that this time, it isn't a winter storm, but the outskirts of a former tropical system that is so large it's producing storm conditions on Lake Michigan. Wind speeds were at 54 mph Tuesday morning.
Officials in Chicago are warning residents to stay away from the lakefront. Portions of the bicycle path along Lake Shore Drive are closed.
CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Superstorm Sandy is having a big impact on several different bodies of water, including the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Chicago officials are warning residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore on Tuesday.
The city is preparing for high winds and waves resulting from Superstorm Sandy.
Office of Emergency Management and Communication Director Gary Schenkel says officials expect winds to reach 50 to 60 mph on Tuesday, with lake waves exceeding 24 feet. Outdoor concessions and the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier have closed.
Portions of the bicycle path along Lake Shore Drive are closed. Schenkel says the Chicago Transit Authority is prepared to reroute buses that use Lake Shore Drive, if necessary.
The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood warning from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 4 p.m. Wednesday.