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Waves Close Portions of Lake Shore Drive, Bike Path

By Mina Bloom | October 31, 2014 2:45pm | Updated on October 31, 2014 5:32pm
 Waves flooded Lake Shore Drive and the adjacent bike path Friday.
Waves flooded Lake Shore Drive and the adjacent bike path Friday.
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CHICAGO — Commuters, beware. 

Portions of the lakefront bike path and northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive are closed due to waves exceeding 20 feet, according to Chicago police.

The outer lane of northbound Lake Shore Drive remains closed after water spilled onto the road, said Melissa Stratton, a spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

And across Chicago wind is gusting up to 60 mph, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Friedlein. 

A lakeshore flood advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m., Friedlein said. 

Bikers might want to take a different route, as the lakefront path is closed between Ohio Street and North Avenue, according to Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman.

Earlier, Lake Shore Drive's northbound lanes were closed from Oak Street to North Avenue, but conditions have since improved.

Crews from the departments of Streets and Sanitation and Water Management are working to clear storm drains and catch basins on the Drive, Stratton said.

As for strong winds, Friedlein said they've gotten reports of fallen tree branches sporadically throughout Chicago Friday. 

"When we think about severe thunderstorms in the summertime, we think about 60 mph winds," Friedlein said. "We are hitting that threshold, especially along the lakefront."


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