Watch out! Wind and waves expected to slam Ottawa County

(Updated at 11:30 a.m. Monday) The National Weather Service has issued wind, gale and storm warnings for western Michigan, including Ottawa County, starting Monday as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the Atlantic coast.
Cheryl Welch
Oct 29, 2012

The wind advisory is in effect from 5 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday. Northerly wind gusts of 35 mph are expected Monday afternoon, with a slight decrease Monday night. The wind gusts will pick up again on Tuesday with 35-45 mph wind expected, with higher gusts along the lakeshore. Scattered power outages are expected, and travel will be difficult for high-profile vehicles on east-west roads.

On Lake Michigan, a gale warning is in effect from 2 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday and a storm warning is in effect from 5 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

North gales are expected to hit 35 knots Monday afternoon, increasing to 50 knots Monday night through late Tuesday afternoon. Gales will continue through Wednesday evening.

Waves could hit 10-14 feet Monday afternoon, building to 20-25 feet by Tuesday morning, then subsiding to 12-16 feet late Wednesday night. There will also be occasional waves that hit 18 feet on Monday afternoon, building to 33 feet by Tuesday morning. They're expected to subside to 18 feet Wednesday night.

Recreational boaters should remain in port, or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions, and should consider remaining in port.

 

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