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Beach Hazards Statement

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
340 PM EDT MON MAY 25 2015

MIZ056-064-071-260345-
/O.EXT.KGRR.BH.S.0001.000000T0000Z-150526T1200Z/
OTTAWA-ALLEGAN-VAN BUREN-
340 PM EDT MON MAY 25 2015

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY
MORNING...

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

* STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED ON SOUTH FACING PIERS.

* STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* RIP CURRENTS POSSIBLE.

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

* BEACHES WITH PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS INCLUDE...

 GRAND HAVEN STATE PARK.   SOUTH BEACH IN SOUTH HAVEN.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...SOUTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH CAUSING
  WAVES OF 3 TO 6 FEET. THIS WILL MAKE FOR HAZARDOUS SWIMMING
  CONDITIONS. COLD WATER WILL BE A SWIM RISK AS WELL DUE TO
  HYPOTHERMIA CONCERNS.

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.

&&

$$



Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
603 AM EDT MON MAY 25 2015

MIZ037>040-043>046-050>052-056>059-064>067-071>074-261015-
MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-
MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-IONIA-CLINTON-ALLEGAN-BARRY-EATON-
INGHAM-VAN BUREN-KALAMAZOO-CALHOUN-JACKSON-
603 AM EDT MON MAY 25 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST LOWER
MICHIGAN.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE INTO TONIGHT. THE STORMS THIS
AFTERNOON COULD CONTAIN SMALL HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS. SEVERE WEATHER
IS NOT FORECASTED.

GUSTY WINDS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGHOUT SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN THIS
AFTERNOON.  GUSTS OVER 35 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

THE A FEW THUNDERSTORMS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING COULD BE
SEVERE. DAMAGING WINDS LOOK THE BE THE PRIMARY RISKS. LOCALLY
HEAVY RAIN SMALL HAIL AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING COULD ACCOMPANY THE
STRONGER STORMS.

ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS COULD DEVELOP ON WEDNESDAY. SEVERE
WEATHER IS NOT FORECASTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE REQUIRED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

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