Super storm puts I-90 in Cleveland on 'wave watch'

6:59 PM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- With the East Coast superstorm moving further inland, winds are expected to increase dramatically, stirring up waves and potential travel issues along the Lake Erie shore.

The National Weather Service says waves up to 20 feet high are possible on Lake Erie as a result of the storm-driven winds. In addition, those winds will cause water levels to rise on the south shore of Lake Erie. That combination has the potential to cause flooding and erosion along the lake's shore.

Photos: Hurricane Sandy

A Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The waves could also surpass the breakwall and cause flooding in inlets and bar areas. Boats, boathouses, and docks could all be damaged in this hybrid storm that started as Hurricane Sandy.

The City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Transportation are keeping a close eye on waves and water landing on Interstate 90 near the East 55th Street Pier. They are concerned about the potential for the highway flooding and the risk of hydroplaning.

An ODOT spokesperson says they are treating this superstorm like a snow emergency. ODOT says if the water creates a hazard, it will close necessary lanes.

The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County will hold a disaster preparedness meeting Monday afternoon. A City of Cleveland spokesperson says a plan to handle problems associated with these storm winds and flooding is in the works.


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