High winds, 25-foot waves forecast in Chicago


CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago officials are warning residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for high winds and waves resulting from Superstorm Sandy, which is pounding the East Coast.

Office of Emergency Management and Communication Director Gary Schenkel says officials expect winds to reach 50 to 60 mph on Tuesday, with lake waves exceeding 24 feet. Outdoor concessions and the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier will be closed.

Portions of the bicycle path along Lake Shore Drive are closed. Schenkel says the Chicago Transit Authority is prepared to reroute buses that use Lake Shore Drive, if necessary.

The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood warning from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Sandy killed 69 people in the Caribbean before slamming the mid-Atlantic coast.

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