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High winds cause strong waves in Chicago area

8:22 PM, Sep 30, 2011   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (WLS/CNN) - High winds and strong waves created a dangerous situation along the Lake Michigan shoreline from Chicago to northwest Indiana Friday.

The waves forced police to close down portions of the lakefront path.

Dangerous waves compete for an unsuspecting jogger as wind driven lake waters leap beyond the shore.

"It was out of control. You couldn't walk. It was pushing you to the side," said Carmen McNealy.

Chopper7 HD also captured morning Lake Michigan waters taking out a bicyclist as he unsuccessfully tried to evade menacing waves.

Chicago police heeded Friday's furious weather and temporarily shut down the bike path from Oak Street Beach to North Avenue Beach as the city's park district officials warned the public to avoid the shoreline.

Still, there were those who just wouldn't stay away.

"The sand is warm," said Julie Sivicek.

"I don't think I've ever seen the waves this crazy. The sky is really blue in contrast with the dark teal blue of the water. I like that stuff," said Keighlea martin.

Winds that gusted up to 60 miles per hour caused some damage.

In the Little Village neighborhood, the winds are being blamed for peeling bricks off a building which fell onto two parked cars. No one was injured.

The breezy weather also created some clean-up for workers putting the finishing touches on this weekend's beach polo event.

"Wow, I never knew a lake could have that many waves roll in," said Barbara Goicoechea.

And although a wind advisory for the area has expired, conditions were still breezy. But that's not a problem for anyone who isn't quite ready for winter.

"We'll be inside for a while, like you said, we'll be begging for this, so enjoy it while you can," said Jon Roth.

WLS/CNN

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