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High waves on Lake Michigan cause evacuations in Kenosha County


PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis (WSAU)  Residents of 265 homes in Kenosha County have been urged to voluntarily evacuate, as high waves from Super-storm Sandy are about to hit. Officials in Pleasant Prairie made the request last night for people living close to Lake Michigan and four creeks that drain into the big lake. Forecasters now predict waves of 8-to-14 feet on the Lake Michigan shoreline throughout eastern Wisconsin over the next couple days. Pleasant Prairie officials fear flooding close to the waters, and the village is providing sandbags. They’re asking people to be out by eight this morning. Pleasant Prairie has about 20-thousand residents close to the Illinois border.

Governor Scott Walker says the National Guard is ready to offer help both in Wisconsin and on the East Coast if necessary.  The peninsula between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay could get with 50-mile-an-hour winds today. Gusts up to 40 are expected in other parts of eastern Wisconsin. And officials say Lake Michigan’s southern shore – south of Sheboygan – will be hit the hardest. Sandy hit landfall last night, striking the New Jersey coastline with 80-mile-an-hour winds. Overnight reports said the storm killed 16 Americans. The full extent of the damage won’t be known until today. At Milwaukee Mitchell, the state’s largest airport, officials said very few travelers were stranded yesterday – and only a small number tried to catch flights to the battered East Coast.