Lake Michigan Waves, Pushed By High Winds, Impact Shoreline

Jun 14, 2019

A cyclist rides as the waves go over the lake from trail along Lake Michigan Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Chicago.
Credit AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

CHICAGO (AP) — High winds across Lake Michigan have kicked up waves that have affected shoreline activity in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

The Chicago Park District was forced to close the city's the Lakefront Trail on Thursday after a lakeshore flood advisory and a beach hazards statement were issued by the National Weather Service.

The advisory warned of waves of five to eight feet from Lake County in Illinois to Lake County, Indiana.

The weather service said strong northwesterly winds and water levels are contributing to flooding. This year's Lake Michigan water levels are the highest since 1986.

A pier in South Haven, Michigan was nearly underwater because of the combination of high water and strong winds. The Michigan Department of Transportation reported streets in and around Benton Harbor were closed by flooding.