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As fall storm season approaches; NWS warns residents of Lake Superior dangers

Sep 04, 2019 06:01AM ● By Editor

By Jerry Tudor of WLUC-TV - September 4, 2019

Swim season in Marquette is just about over. Marquette beaches will be closed during periods of inclement weather meaning no lifeguards will be on duty. The National Weather Service is also warning residents, and especially new Northern Michigan University students, about the dangers of Lake Superior.

Currently, Lake Superior's water level is about a foot above average. That, combined with the fall weather and the chance for high winds, waves and dangerous currents, means Lake Superior is best enjoyed from a distance this time of year.

"The waves are going to become very impressive at times and it's a great sight to watch from the shoreline, but for folks who are new to the Marquette area, all the students coming back to Northern, they really need to respect the power that's behind those waves," said National Weather Service Meteorologist, Matt Zika.

In 2017, a powerful storm swept through in late October destroying a portion of Picnic Rocks Park and claimed the lives of two U.P. residents who were swept out during the storm.

To read the original article and see related reporting, follow this link to the WLUC-TV website.