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LAKESHORE HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1207 PM EDT TUE JUL 22 2014

MIZ056-064-071-230015-
/O.NEW.KGRR.BH.S.0006.140723T0600Z-140724T1200Z/
OTTAWA-ALLEGAN-VAN BUREN-
1207 PM EDT TUE JUL 22 2014

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A BEACH
HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

* HIGH WAVE ACTION... STRONG CURRENTS AND DANGEROUS SWIMMING
  CONDITIONS EXPECTED.

* STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* RIP CURRENTS POSSIBLE.

* LOCATION...BEACHES FROM ST. JOSEPH TO GRAND HAVEN.

* BEACHES WITH PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS EXPECTED
  WEDNESDAY INCLUDE...

  NORTH BEACH IN SOUTH HAVEN...
  HOLLAND STATE PARK...
  MUSKEGON STATE PARK...
  MEARS STATE PARK IN PENTWATER...
  STEARNS PARK IN LUDINGTON.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTH
  BEHIND A COLD FRONT TONIGHT AND INCREASE INTO THE 15 TO 30 MPH
  RANGE. THESE WINDS WILL BUILD WAVES INTO THE 4 TO 7 FOOT RANGE
  BETWEEN ST. JOE AND GRAND HAVEN DURING THE WEDNESDAY BEACH DAY.
  DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS WILL BE FOUND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF
  PIERS WEDNESDAY. THE IMPACT WILL BE MITIGATED SOMEWHAT BY THE
  FACT THAT IT WOULD BE A GREAT BEACH DAY WITH COOLER AIR
  TEMPERATURES.

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.

PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE
NEW BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=CHMBHS

&&

$$

MIZ037-043-050-230015-
/O.EXT.KGRR.BH.S.0005.000000T0000Z-140724T0600Z/
MASON-OCEANA-MUSKEGON-
1207 PM EDT TUE JUL 22 2014

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY
NIGHT...

* HIGH WAVE ACTION... STRONG CURRENTS AND DANGEROUS SWIMMING
  CONDITIONS EXPECTED.

* STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* RIP CURRENTS POSSIBLE.

* LOCATION...BEACHES FROM GRAND HAVEN TO MANISTEE.

* BEACHES WITH PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TODAY AND
  WEDNESDAY INCLUDE...

  PERE MARQUETTE PARK IN MUSKEGON TODAY...

  ON WEDNESDAY...THE HIGH IMPACT BEACHES WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTH
  SIDE OF PIERS INCLUDING STEARNS PARK IN LUDINGTON...MEARS STATE
  PARK AND MUSKEGON STATE PARK.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 30
  MPH WILL BUILD WAVES INTO THE 3 TO 6 FOOT RANGE TODAY...WITH THE
  HIGHEST WAVES LOCATED TOWARDS LUDINGTON. THE SOUTH FLOW WILL
  RESULT IN STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND WHERE THEY INTERCEPT
  PIERS... STRUCTURAL CURRENTS WILL FORM. HIGH WAVE ACTION WILL
  MAKE SWIMMING DANGEROUS. WINDS WILL SWING AROUND TO THE NORTH
  TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY AND LARGE WAVES WILL CONTINUE IN THE 3 TO
  6 FOOT RANGE THROUGH WEDNESDAY. LARGE WAVES AND DANGEROUS
  SWIMMING CONDITIONS ARE ONGOING AT MIDDAY TUESDAY AND WILL
  CONTINUE THROUGH SUNSET ON WEDNESDAY.

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.

PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE
NEW BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=CHMBHS

&&

$$


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