Big freighters huddle near the UnitedP. coast and wait for the Lake Superior gale warning

Big freighters huddle near the UnitedP. coast and wait for the Lake Superior gale warning ...

MARQUETTE, MI - The Great Lakes are being shipped in a group, but some of the big loskers are apparently spooked off the Marquette coastline today, presumably waiting for big winds to strike across Lake Superior.

The National Weather Service issued a Gale Warning for Lake Superior and runs until 8 p.m. tonight. Westerly winds up to 35 mph are expected to send waves that could reach 12 feet on the largest of the Great Lakes.

Strong winds will result in dangerous waves that might capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility, the NWS Gale Warning statement said. Mariners should alter their intentions to avoid these hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe conditions.

Many freighters crossing Lake Superior began hugging the coastline late Thursday and diverting to protected areas. This morning, the well-known Arthur M. Anderson, the Kaye E. Barker, and several others were assisting their crew. Farther east, other large ships were hanging out near Whitefish Point.

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