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Hurricane Photos, Videos: Check Out Patch Coverage of Sandy

Hurricane Sandy's effects are rippling to the Midwest as O'Hare International Airport issues an emergency advisory and Lake Michigan's waves rise with gale force winds.

While the East Coast girds for power outages and damage from Hurricane Sandy, the Midwest is also feeling the effects. 

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport issued an airport emergency advisory and warned service will be limited due to severe weather in parts of the country. 

About 5,000 flights have already been canceled nationwide, with an unknown number connected to O'Hare. Thousands more were expected to be grounded Monday and Tuesday, according to Huffington Post.

The National Weather Service has issued a gale watch in effect from Monday to Tuesday night, with winds of 60 mph expected along the shoreline. 

Lake Michigan's waves (check out Patch video of the Lake Forest beach) are expected to surpass 20 feet. 

Sandy is barreling toward the Northeast—threatening dozens of towns covered by the Patch network of community websites.  If you have family or friends in any of the Patch towns, you can check how they are doing by visiting Patch.com and looking through the list.

Tell us what your East Coast friends are doing to prepare for Sandy. Any of them heading here to ride out the storm?

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