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Huge Waves Knock Down Runners, Cyclists On Lake Shore Drive (VIDEO)

09/30/2011 12:18 pm ET | Updated Nov 30, 2011

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The city closed a stretch of the Lake Shore Drive path Friday morning after crashing waves from Lake Michigan knocked down runners and cyclists.

NBC Chicago's helicopter captured footage of cyclists and runners trying to make it through the waves this morning. The city shut down the path between Oak Street beach and Fullerton Avenue about 9:30 a.m., the Chicago Tribune reports.

High winds that hit the area overnight are likely to blame for the massive waves. The National Weather Service warned that wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour will continue throughout the day, though their wind advisory expired at 5 a.m. On Thursday and overnight Friday, winds of up to 50 miles per hour left more than 27,000 ComEd customers without power, according to the Tribune.

Fire officials also blamed the wind for a building collapse in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood and a fire in suburban Glenview, according to NBC Chicago.

Cool temperatures are expected throughout the weekend, with high winds and temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s, according to the National Weather Service. Sun and temperatures in the 70s are expected next week.

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