Beach Hazard Statement
Expires 4:00 AM CDT on July 03, 2015
Statement as of 10:35 am CDT on July 2, 2015
... Beach hazards statement remains in effect through late
* high wave action and dangerous swimming conditions expected.
* Forecast wave heights... 3 to 5 ft.
* Strong rip currents and structural currents expected.
Life threatening waves and currents are expected at the beaches.
People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in
sandbars. Structural currents form along piers where longshore
currents and wave action flow into the structure. Rip currents
and structural currents can sweep you into deeper water.
Exposed beaches are more likely to experience the most
significant wave and current impacts.
Impacts at beaches with protective breakwalls or jetties will be
subject to orientation of structures as well as wind and wave
For information on swim advisories or bans at Chicago beaches