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Dangerous Rip Currents Expected

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The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards statement for the Lake Michigan shoreline in the Region.  High waves and life-threatening rip currents are expected through this evening.  Meteorologists say strong north to northeast winds will gust to 30 to 35 mph this morning before diminishing into the afternoon. Waves of 6 to 9 ft with occasional larger waves are expected tol gradually subside through the evening. Officials say the winds and waves will create dangerous conditions at Lake Michigan beaches.
Officials say rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore...which occur most often at low spots or breaks in sandbars, and rip currents can sweep you out lakeward.
For updates and additional information from the National Weather Service:
http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/lot
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