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Swimming danger on Lake Michigan

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 11:21 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) – The National Weather Service says swimming conditions are dangerous along Lake Michigan in Illinois.

The weather service issued a beach hazards statement on Wednesday afternoon. It’s in effect until late tonight and includes the shores of Lake Michigan from the Wisconsin border to northwestern Indiana.

Forecasters say a cold front is due in the region and will bring winds that will produce waves of between 3 and 6 feet. The weather service says people should stay out of the water because there will be “dangerous pounding waves” and “life-threatening rip currents.”

Rip currents can sweep swimmers into deeper waters.

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