Latest Lake Michigan News

Wednesday storm swept away dunes in Michigan communities

Oct. 19, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says Wednesday's storm that battered Lake Michigan's shoreline swept away up to 20 feet of dunes in some of Michigan's lakeside communities. The weather service says wind-driven waves combined with already near-record high lake levels to create...

Waves, wind pound Lake Michigan coast, erode properties

Oct. 17, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Property owners and local governments are assessing the damage from a day of relentless waves and high winds along Lake Michigan in western and northern Michigan. The National Weather Service says wind speed exceeded 50 mph Wednesday up and down the coast. Waves crashed into piers...

Worker who died at BP’s NW Indiana refinery fell 30 feet

Oct. 3, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — A construction worker who was killed at BP’s sprawling northwestern Indiana oil refinery died after falling about 30 feet (9 meters). The Lake County coroner says 23-year-old Gilberto Rangel Jr. of Griffith was pronounced dead Wednesday at BP’s Whiting refinery. The...

High-water Great Lakes reveal pieces of shipwreck history

Sep. 30, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Fragments of long-lost ships are being flung ashore on Michigan beaches. Skeletons of foundered vessels are showing themselves, then vanishing again. With water levels at or approaching record highs on the Great Lakes, history has been visible in unexpected volume on Michigan shorelines....

Indiana Dunes seeing more visitors with national park status

Sep. 23, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Dunes National Park saw its highest number of visitors this summer after receiving national park status. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center tallied 131,662 visitors in the first eight months of 2019, breaking its all-time annual record, the Chicago Tribune reported. The park...

History buff finds ships that sank in 1878 in Lake Michigan

Sep. 20, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A diver and maritime history buff has found two schooners that collided and sank into the cold depths of northern Lake Michigan more than 140 years ago. Bernie Hellstrom, of Boyne City, Michigan, said he was looking for shipwrecks about 10 years ago when a depth sounder on his boat noted a...

Board of Iowa insurance pool travels far for public meetings

Sep. 17, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Board members of an Iowa government insurance program have frequently held public meetings at posh out-of-state resorts, costing tens of thousands of dollars while making it harder for the public to attend, a review by The Associated Press shows. Directors of the Iowa Communities...

Chicago installs lakefront barriers to shield against damage

Sep. 15, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say crews will install hundreds of yards of barriers along Lake Michigan to guard against flood damage from storms in the fall and winter. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says high lake levels have been an ongoing issue historically and the barriers will help mitigate vulnerable...

Lake Michigan erosion endangering 400-ton historic pavilion

Sep. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A 400-ton pavilion built in the 1940s could fall 100 feet from a bluff into Lake Michigan if nothing is done to fight erosion from rising waters at a state park in Michigan. Doug Barry, Orchard Beach State Park supervisor, said the limestone pavilion sits about 50 feet (15 meters)...

Weather service confirms tornado caused damage near Chicago

Sep. 4, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down north of Chicago late Tuesday, causing minor damage and at least one injury. Weather service meteorologists said Wednesday the tornado touched down near the Waukegan Airport and cut a narrow path of damage for about two...