Officials are warning everyone not to get in the water, especially after two drownings in Lake Michigan over the weekend.

Because of high waves and unusually strong currents, the National Weather Service has issued the Beach Hazard statement for Cook and Lake counties until 10pm tonight.

ABC-7 Chicago:

In Waukegan Sunday, a man was thrown from a jet-ski and pulled out of Lake Michigan. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Then, two men disregarded warnings and jumped into the lake near Fullerton Avenue. Officials pulled the men out. One of them died.

Red flags are flying over 25 beaches across the city warning people to stay out of the lake.

The National Weather Service is calling the waves and currents life threatening. Both piers at North Avenue and Montrose Beach are closed. Lake Michigan water levels are also at the highest level seen in years.

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