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Massive Waves Forecasted For Great Lakes

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    (CNN)Towering waves are forming Thursday on the Great Lakes, with swells that could reach 20 feet, CNN meteorologists said.

    Huge waves already have been spotted over southern Lake Michigan, following a mass of cold air that pushed a north wind over the region, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
    Lake Ontario could get waves of up to 20 feet near its center, Guy said. Waves as tall as 10 feet could form on Lakes Huron and Erie, peaking on their southern shores.
    More than 2 million people south of Lakes Michigan, Erie and Ontario are under lakeshore flood warnings Thursday, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
    Strong winds fueling the waves are associated with a winter storm that's also due to dump heavy snow and rain Thursday over the Great Lakes, New England and into Canada, he said.

    Blizzard warnings are posted in New York
    Wind gusts could approach hurricane force along the Maine coast, while wind advisories stretch from Vermont to South Carolina, and scattered power outages are possible, Hennen said. Wind advisories cover nearly 14 million people from New England to the Carolinas.
    Meantime, blizzard warnings are posted in New York, just south of Buffalo and north of Syracuse, where 2 to 3 feet of snow combined with 40- to 50-mph winds will make for whiteout conditions.
    Travel will be nearly impossible, he said.
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    And with the lakes already above natural waterline.