Wind-Whipping Waves Hammer Lake Michigan's Shore As Storm Continues Throughout Chicago

Mike Krauser
January 11, 2020 - 12:36 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lake Michigan is about as rough as it gets today as wind-whipped waves are hammering the shore and causing flooding from the winter storm in effect through the weekend. 

Howling wind out of the North is pushing major waves down the lake, slamming into the shorelines and at times sending waterwalls high into the air and onto Lake Shore Drive. 

Lake Shore Drive between Oak Street and LaSalle Drive is now open after being closed for more than two hours but South Shore Drive between 67th Street and 71st Street has been closed since 9:45 a.m., according to the Office of Emergency Management.

Bill Casey, checking out the big waves at Oak Street Beach on the LSD curve, said the waves look to be about 12 feet high.

"I have seen (them) so many times before but it happens so occasionally so it's facianting to come and take a look," Casey said.

He said he has seen several violent storms over the years but the waves from this storm seem espeically massive.

In a video posted to twitter, a North Side resident shared flooding from Pratt Beach, which has sidewalks and the shoreline covered in water from the lake.

The storm has canceled thousands of flights at O'Hare and Midway airports and the flood watch remains in effect through the afternoon. Rain will change into sleet, sow and some freezing rain today.

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