Flood warning in effect along Lake Michigan
Updated: October 29, 2012 2:48PM
EVANSTON — The City of Evanston is reminding residents of a lakeshore flood warning for Cook County that was issued Monday morning by the National Weather Service.
Dangerous lakefront waves and potential flooding are predicted, and the alert will be in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, the remnants of Hurricane Sandy are forecasted to move across the Great Lakes from Monday night through Wednesday, causing northerly winds of 30 to 35 MPH with gusts of 50 to 60 mph and wave heights of 18 to 23 feet along the Cook County shoreline.
Officials warn the large waves may batter the beaches and shorelines, resulting in potential coastal erosion and flooding. Residents living along the lakefront should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action.
The City of Evanston beaches have been closed since Labor Day for swimming. However, residents walking on or near the lakefront are asked to heed the warning from the National Weather Service. City of Evanston officials have closed the dog beach until the storm impacts have passed. A small craft advisory is also in effect.