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NWS Issues Hazard Alert For Chicago-Area Beaches

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CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re planning a day at the beach, you might want to think twice before you jump in the lake.

CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports despite the cooler temps, people will still be at North Avenue Beach Sunday trying to soak-up as much beach-time as they can.

The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazard Statement in the hopes it will make you think twice about going into the water.

That warning is in effect until late on Sunday. Strong rip currents and high waves 3-6 feet high are expected along the lake.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water that move quickly away from shore. Rip currents can make navigating the waters challenging for even the most experienced swimmers.

If you happen to find yourself caught in the middle of a rip current, experts suggest you remain calm and don’t swim against the current. Instead, wait it out by treading water. Once the current begins to weaken, you can swim parallel to the shore to calmer waters.