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Sandy kicks up 20-foot waves on Lake Michigan; Badger halts service

Large waves crash across the breakwater in Lake Michigan on Tuesday off Milwaukee's shore. High winds and large waves are being kicked up around the Great Lakes by tropical storm Sandy. Wind speeds were at 54 mph Tuesday morning on Lake Michigan. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy is so vast it’s kicking up near record-high waves of 20 feet on Lake Michigan, several hundred miles from the center of the storm that’s pounding the East Coast.

National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Krein said the record wave height on the lake is 23 feet, set around the same time last year during a strong winter storm.

Krein said what’s unusual is that this time, it isn’t a winter storm, but the outskirts of a former tropical system that is so large it’s producing storm conditions on Lake Michigan.

Krein says wind speeds were at 54 mph Tuesday morning. The high winds forced the S.S. Badger to cancel its service Tuesday.

The ferry’s last sailing of the year is scheduled for Friday.

The Badger’s permit that allows it to flush coal ash into Lake Michigan expires in December. Its operators are asking for more time to find an alternative to the coal ash dumping.

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