Great Lakes Shipping Restarts as 2-Story Waves Ebb

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) -- Cargo shipping has resumed on the Great Lakes after the fringes of superstorm Sandy sent winds gusting to 74 miles per hour and spawned two-story-tall waves, forcing a two-day shutdown of traffic.

The Detroit Newsreports that at least four ships were under way in southern Lake Huron on Wednesday, where waves reached 16 feet one day earlier.

It says six freighters were headed out Wednesday on Lake Superior.

A buoy off Oscoda in northern Lake Huron recorded a 16-foot wave Tuesday, while a Canadian buoy measured a 23-foot wave. Waves reached 21.7 feet on Lake Michigan, 14 feet on western lake Erie, 12.1 feet on Lake Superior and 10.2 feet on Lake Ontario.

The lakes carry ships hauling bulk commodities such as iron ore, coal, limestone and grain.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
23 WIFR 2523 North Meridian Road Rockford, IL. 61101 Business: 815-987-5300 Fax: 815-965-0981 News: 815-987-5330 Fax: 815-987-5333
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 176705571