Inclement weather cause for Coast Guard safety warning

MARQUETTE — The National Weather Service is forecasting inclement weather for Lake Superior in the Marquette area for Tuesday due to high winds.

Waves may reach heights of 20 to 30 feet. Wind speeds are predicted to reach up to 40 knots, or 46 mph, sustained and gusts up to 60 knots, or 69 mph.

The Coast Guard is advising people to stay off and away from the water for their personal safety.

“We’re advising that you just stay away from the shoreline. If you want to go see the waves, go see the waves, but try to stay off the beach and out of the water so the waves that are coming, you don’t get caught in the riptide or the wave doesn’t knock you down and take you out with it,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd class Timothy Koscienly.

Also because of the weather, Lakeshore Boulevard from Hawley Street to Wright Street will be closed to through traffic beginning at 9 p.m. tonight.

The county’s High Wind Warning is scheduled to be lifted on Tuesday evening.