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U.S. Coast Guard warns of dangerous weather conditions around Lake Michigan

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 18:22:58-04

The United States Coast Guard is reminding people who live around Lake Michigan to be aware of weather conditions Monday and Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, wave heights could increase Tuesday from six feet tall to 12 feet tall. They are also saying wind gusts could increase to 30-40 knots, which is about 35-45 mph.

The U.S. Coast Guard says "If you plan to either go out on the water or be near the shore today or tomorrow, please plan accordingly."

They are reminding locals to know the expected weather in the area and inform a third party of where you are going, who with, and when you expect to return.

"The Coast Guard can only respond to incidents if they are reported or we are otherwise made aware of them," says the U.S. Coast Guard.

Also, be aware of structures in or near the water.

The U.S. Coast guard says, "Structures such as piers and break walls can have slick surfaces caused by rain or high waves, creating hazardous situations."