Part of Chicago‘s lakefront trail was closed Thursday as high winds and waves threatened to bring flooding to lakeshore.
Chicago‘s Office of Emergency Management said the city’s park district closed the trail from Fullerton to Ohio due to a Lake Shore Flood Advisory.
According to the National Weather Service, the advisory took effect at midnight, with 35-to-45 mph winds driving waves that could reach 10 feet in northwest Indiana.
The advisory will last until 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the weather service.
Further complicating matters for residents are high water levels on Lake Michigan, caused by heavy spring rains. Record water levels have been recorded in several of the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, which approached record levels in the month of May.
After the winds begin to die down, nicer weather is expected Friday, with high temperatures reaching the high-70s, but the weekend will bring more rain and storms, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.