Evanston closes beaches because of rip currents, high waves

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Safety concerns from high waves and rip currents have caused Evanston to close its beaches Friday and led to swim advisories at a half-dozen beaches in Chicago.

All six of Evanston’s beaches, including the dog beach at Church Street, are closed Friday, according to a release from the city.

The Chicago Park District reports dangerous waves and high winds today along the lakefront. The National Weather Service has issued a statement saying there is a high risk of rip currents through 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Chicago beaches under a swim advisory are 31st Street, 63rd Street, Calumet, Montrose, Oakwood and Rainbow, according to the Chicago Park District. A swim advisory means caution is advised while swimming, and that water and weather conditions are unpredictable. Restrictions may be implemented and beachgoers should pay attention to flag colors and lifeguards.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, according to the weather service. High wave action and dangerous swimming conditions are expected through Saturday at beaches throughout the area, as well as in southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana

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