Milwaukee officials warn people to stay away from lakefront

CREATED Oct 30, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Officials in Milwaukee are asking people to stay away from the lakefront.

Waves 35 feet high could come a few miles within the coast of Southeastern Wisconsin and up to 18 feet high on the coastline of Milwaukee, all from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.

Milwaukee Police and the Coast Guard were informing the public to avoid places like Bradford Beach.

Authorities set up barricades along Milwaukee's lakefront and closed parking lots.

Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour were expected to rip through the area on Tuesday.

A crowd of onlookers along Milwaukee's lakefront watched Mother Nature make her way shore.

Waves were a few feet high at that point, but are expected to be much higher.

"I used to live in San Diego," explained Tim Pitts, who checked out Milwaukee's waves.

"Even if I was a surfer in San Diego, I wouldn't try to tame these waves."

Milwaukee-area Red Cross workers have headed to the East Coast.

Governor Scott Walker readied the national guard and Waukesha-based Generac has sent generators to the region.