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Enormous waves crash over Lakefront Trail near Oak Street Beach

The high winds and giant waves have triggered a Lakeshore Flood Advisory

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Massive waves from Lake Michigan crashed over the Lakefront Trail Friday afternoon. The severe weather caused a Lakeshore Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service Chicago, according to the agency.

The 8 to 14 foot waves with a possible 2 foot surge that are expected until early Saturday are a side effect of the warmer weather we’ve been having this week, according to NWS Chicago. The ice that’s normally frozen near the shoreline has melted, allowing the current high winds and elevated lake level to stir up some pretty large waves.

The flood advisory indicates that there will be low levels of flooding in areas near the lakeshore, according the Chicago Parks District. The weather has shut down the Lakefront Trail at North Avenue, Oak and Ohio streets and the city urges those traveling nearby to be cautious.

Posted by WGN TV on Friday, January 12, 2018