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Beach hazard today

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:39 AM

The effected beaches include Grand Haven State Park, Kirk Park, Tunnel Park, Holland State Park, Oval Beach, West Side Park, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Douglas Beach, North Beach, South Beah and Van Buren State Park.

* HIGH WAVE ACTION 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 THIS AFTERNOON

INCLUDE... NORTH BEACH IN SOUTH HAVEN AND HOLLAND STATE PARK.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...NORTHEAST WINDS THIS MORNING WILL

BECOME NORTH/NORTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL INCREASE TO

AS HIGH AS 15 TO 25 KNOTS FOR A FEW HOURS IN THE AFTERNOON AND

EARLY EVENING TODAY. WAVES WILL PICK UP MID TO LATE AFTERNOON...

WITH 3 TO 5 FEET LIKELY.

LONGSHORE CURRENTS WILL BE EXPECTED AND CURRENTS WILL BECOME

HAZARDOUS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF ANY STRUCTURES IN ADDITION TO THE

WAVE HEIGHTS THEMSELVES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BE SURE OF YOUR SWIMMING ABILITY. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT ENTER THE

WATER UNSUPERVISED AND WITHOUT A CERTIFIED FLOTATION DEVICE.

CAUTION SHOULD BE USED WHEN IN OR NEAR THE WATER. PAY ATTENTION

TO FLAGS AND SIGNS POSTED NEAR BEACH ACCESS POINTS AND LIFEGUARD

STATIONS.

HIGH WAVE ACTION ALONE CAN MAKE SWIMMING DIFFICULT ON DAYS SUCH

AS THIS. INCOMING WAVES IN RAPID SUCCESSION CAN TIRE A SWIMMER

QUICKLY.

STRUCTURAL CURRENTS FORM ALONG PIERS WHERE LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND

WAVE ACTION FLOW INTO THE STRUCTURE. STRUCTURAL CURRENTS CAN

SWEEP YOU OUT LAKEWARD 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 OUT LAKEWARD.

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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