Local Warning Advisories - Updated as Conditions warrant
Warning Description: Beach Hazard Statement
Warning Date: 8:21 PM EDT on July 16, 2016
WarningSum:...Beach Hazards Statement Remains In Effect From 8 Am Edt Sunday
Through Late Sunday Night...
Warning Message:* high wave action... strong currents and dangerous swimming
* Strong structural currents expected.
* Strong longshore currents expected.
* Rip currents expected.
* Location...beaches from Holland to Manistee.
* Beaches with particularly dangerous conditions today include...
Grand Haven State Park... Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon.
* Overview/potential impacts...southerly winds will increase
Sunday morning to 15 to 25 mph. These winds will continue and
become southwest late Sunday and Sunday night. Waves of 3 to 7
feet will build late Sunday afternoon and then diminish Monday
morning. The highest waves will be near and just south of
little and big Sable points
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.