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updated: 10/30/2012 7:18 AM

Chicago braces for high winds, waves

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  • This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 29, at 10:45 AM EDT shows Hurricane Sandy approaching the Mid-Atlantic region with clouds extending across much of the Northeast quarter of the U.S. with heavy rains from the Mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes and snow falling in the southern portions of West Virginia. Cloudiness and rain showers can be found across the Upper and Mid Mississippi Valleys.

      This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 29, at 10:45 AM EDT shows Hurricane Sandy approaching the Mid-Atlantic region with clouds extending across much of the Northeast quarter of the U.S. with heavy rains from the Mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes and snow falling in the southern portions of West Virginia. Cloudiness and rain showers can be found across the Upper and Mid Mississippi Valleys.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Emergency officials in Chicago are asking residents to prepare for high winds, high waves and possible flooding along Lake Michigan as Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast.

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications told residents Monday afternoon that they should "stay away from the lakefront for the next two days." The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for Chicago from 1 a.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Winds are forecast between 50 mph and 60 mph. Waves are forecast to reach between 20 and 25 feet high.

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City officials say Lake Shore Drive, along Lake Michigan, is expected to remain open. But they urge motorists to proceed carefully. The Chicago Transit Authority says it will reroute buses if necessary.

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