Updated 9/2/2013 at 5 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) –Officials imposed a swim ban at North Avenue Beach Monday afternoon, blaming hazardous surf. Meanwhile, nearly half of Chicago’s public beaches remained under swim advisories.
The decision about North Avenue came shortly after 3 p.m., as hundreds of people were trying to enjoy the popular beach on Labor Day. Lifeguards got to work, getting frolicking folks out of the water and hoisting the red warning flag, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.
Earlier, some swimmers told her they could feel a pull in the water.
Conditions weren’t expected to change anytime soon. The National Weather Service is expecting “life-threatening” rip currents along the shores of Lake Michigan until Tuesday evening.