The city of Chicago issued a warning for residents Monday: "Stay off the lake!"
Residual effects of hurricane Sandy are already being felt along the shore. Weather predictions estimate 50-60mph winds and 20-25 foot waves smack the shoreline.
Surfers don't care. Several were out at 57th Street Beach late Monday afternoon riding the waves despite warnings that any problems with them could result in taking first responders away from other critical calls.
400-plus boats remain parked on Lake Michigan even though the Chicago Park District told them Sandy would be a problem here. The agency towed seven of them from Monroe to DuSable Harbor where they were better protected.
High winds will be the primary problem in the Midwest. Rain is not a concern.
All residents are being asked to secure outdoor furniture and plants until the storm moves out.
A Lakeshore Flood Warning will be in effect beginning late Monday night until Wednesday afternoon.
Due to the high winds, Navy Pier Park and the outside spaces of Navy Pier’s East End will be closed Tuesday. All indoor shops, restaurants and attractions will remain open.
ComEd sent 700 workers from Illinois to help with power outages, and Chicago’s red cross sent nine volunteers.
Thousands of flights have been canceled at both Midway and O’Hare.