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Beach Hazard Statement

Statement as of 10:31 AM EDT on August 23, 2017

Expires 6:00 PM EDT on August 23, 2017


... Beach hazards statement remains in effect until 6 PM EDT this
evening...

* high wave action... strong currents and dangerous swimming
conditions expected.

* Strong structural currents expected.

* Strong longshore currents expected.

* Rip currents expected.

* Location... beaches from St. Joseph to Manistee.

* Beaches with particularly dangerous conditions include...

North Beach in South Haven... Holland State Park... Muskegon
State Park... Mears State Park in Pentwater... Stearns Park in
Ludington.

* Overview/potential impacts... northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph
into early this afternoon will turning to the north by mid
afternoon and slowly diminishing to 10 to 20 mph by late this
afternoon. Waves of 3 to 5 today will subside to 2 to 4 feet by
Sunset. North sides of north piers will be dangerous places to
swim.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

High wave action makes swimming difficult and can tire even a
strong swimmer quickly.

Structural currents form along piers where longshore currents and
wave action flow into the structure. Structural currents can
sweep you out into deeper water along the pier structure.

A longshore current is a lake current that moves parallel to
shore. Longshore currents can be strong enough to prevent
swimmers from being able to keep their feet on the bottom...
making it difficult to return to shore.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in
sandbars. Rip currents can sweep you into deeper water.




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