by Tanda Gmiter,

GAYLORD, MI – Buckle up for the gales of September.

photo by MLive

Gale watches and warnings are kicking in today across much of Lake Superior, and flanking Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Strong winds topping 40 mph are expected to hit the coastlines between Thursday night and late Friday. These winds and their accompanying storms could cause beach erosion and even flooding in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

In some areas of Lake Superior, 12 to 15-foot waves are forecast on Friday.

The gale-force winds are taking aim at Michigan ahead of a cold front that’s forecast to push through the area tonight and into Friday.

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