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Rip Currents

Waves crash into the Chicago lakefront at Fullerton Avenue. (Credit: CBS)

Choppy Conditions On Lake Prompt Beach Hazard Alert

Anyone considering a visit to the beach on Wednesday might want to avoid going for a swim; and not just because the lake is so cold and the weather is unusually brisk for July. Choppy conditions could make swimming dangerous.

07/23/2014

Waves pound the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

NWS Issues Hazard Alert For Chicago-Area Beaches

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

06/08/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Drowning Victim’s Parents Help Teach About Dangers Of Rip Currents

The Kochers’ 15-year old son, Matt, drowned last summer in Lake Michigan, unable to deal with a rip current, even though he was a three-sport athlete.

05/08/2014

High waves pound the shore at Oak Street beach on Sept. 16, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Windy Conditions Could Bring 10-Foot Waves To Lake

Windy conditions at the lakefront will make for very choppy conditions on the lake, with dangerous pounding waves prompting a warning for anyone who might want to go swimming, despite the chilly conditions.

09/16/2013

High waves pound the lakefront at Fullerton Avenue, just north of North Avenue beach. (Credit: CBS)

Weather Service Warns Of Dangerous Waves On Lake Michigan

The National Weather Service warned lakefront visitors Thursday that swimming conditions are going to be dangerous in Lake Michigan, due to high waves and rip currents.

09/05/2013

Montrose Beach. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

North Avenue Beach Closed, Swim Advisories Remain Elsewhere

Officials closed North Avenue Beach Monday afternoon, blaming hazardous surf. Meanwhile, nearly half of Chicago’s public beaches remained under swim advisories.

09/02/2013

A Chicago Park District lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Beach Visitors Warned About Choppy Conditions On Lake

Lakefront visitors are being advised to check the flags at Chicago beaches before going into the water on Friday, because of possible danger of rip currents from choppy conditions.

08/23/2013

High waves pound the lakefront at Fullerton Avenue, just north of North Avenue beach. (Credit: CBS)

Rip Currents, High Waves Prompt Swim Ban On Lakefront

Swimming was banned at all Chicago beaches Tuesday afternoon, due to high waves and potentially dangerous rip currents.

08/13/2013

Waves pound the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Rip Currents Prompt Warnings For Lakefront Visitors

The National Weather Service is warning people to stay out of Lake Michigan today, because of large waves and dangerous rip currents along the lakefront in Illinois and Indiana.

08/08/2013

A Chicago Park District lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: CBS)

High Waves, Rip Currents Lead To Another Day Of Beach Bans, Warnings

Safety concerns from high waves and rip currents have caused Evanston to close its beaches for a second day in a row.

08/11/2012

Waves

Choppy Lake Poses Risk Of Rip Currents, Waterspouts

Conditions will be dangerous on Lake Michigan all day Friday, with blasting winds, crashing waves, and a risk for waterspouts and rip currents.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2012

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Coast Guard: Watch For Rip Currents In Lake Michigan

The U.S. Coast Guard warns you to be careful this weekend if you’re planning to do any playing in Lake Michigan.

CBS Chicago–09/02/2011

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Swimmers Warned Of Rip Currents In Lake Michigan

Sunny skies and mild temperatures could draw people to Lake Michigan beaches this weekend, but authorities are warning swimmers of strong rip currents expected to develop Saturday morning.

08/27/2011

Lake Michigan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Weather Service Warns Of Increased Chance Of Rip Currents

The National Weather Service is warning of an increased chance of rip currents Sunday along the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois and northwest Indiana.

08/14/2011

Lake Search

New Lenox Man’s Body Found In Lake Near Gary

Authorities on Thursday returned Lake Michigan off Gary, Ind., as they search for the body of a 20 year-old-New Lenox man who was overwhelmed in the waves while swimming a day earlier.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2011

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

New Lenox Man May Have Drowned In Rip Currents At Gary Beach

Rescue personnel are searching for a New Lenox man who may have drowned Wednesday afternoon near Wells Street Beach in Gary.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2011

Surfer

Free Safety Class Planned For Great Lakes Surfers

If you have the time to drive out to Holland, Mich., this weekend, you might want to take part in a surfer rescue and rip current awareness class — especially after the rough week on that side of Lake Michigan this week.

WBBM Newsradio–08/05/2011