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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
402 AM EDT TUE MAY 26 2015

MIZ037-043-261200-
/O.CON.KGRR.BH.S.0001.000000T0000Z-150526T1200Z/
MASON-OCEANA-
402 AM EDT TUE MAY 26 2015

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT THIS
MORNING...

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

* STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED ALONG SOUTH FACING PIERS.

* STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* RIP CURRENTS POSSIBLE.

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

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...SOUTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH CAUSING
  WAVES OF 3 TO 4 FEET. THIS WILL MAKE FOR HAZARDOUS SWIMMING
  CONDITIONS. COLD WATER WILL BE A SWIM RISK AS WELL DUE TO
  HYPOTHERMIA CONCERNS. WINDS AND WAVES WILL DIMINISH OVERNIGHT.

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.

&&

$$


WEATHER.GOV/GRR

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GAYLORD MI
408 PM EDT MON MAY 25 2015

MIZ020-025-031-260415-
/O.EXT.KAPX.BH.S.0001.000000T0000Z-150526T1200Z/
LEELANAU-BENZIE-MANISTEE-
408 PM EDT MON MAY 25 2015

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

* HAZARDS...SOUTHWEST WINDS UP TO 25 MPH AND HIGH WAVES OF 3 TO
  5 FEET LEADING TO LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND POSSIBLE RIP
  CURRENTS. VERY COLD WATER TEMPERATURES WITH A THREAT FOR
  HYPOTHERMIA.

* TIMING...THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

* LOCATION...LAKE MICHIGAN BEACHES OF MANISTEE...BENZIE...AND
  LEELANAU COUNTIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH SWIM RISK MEANS LIFE THREATENING WAVES AND CURRENTS ARE
EXPECTED. STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND STAY AWAY FROM DANGEROUS
AREAS LIKE PIERS AND BREAKWALLS.

&&

$$

AJS

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