beach hazards

Swimming will be dangerous at Lake Michigan beaches from Holland to Manistee this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards Statement for the immediate lakeshore in Ottawa, Mason, Oceana and Muskegon counties, effective from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

High wave action, strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions are expected. Piers may be heavily swamped by waves.

Strong currents can pull swimmers into deeper water and high waves can sweep people off piers. South-facing piers will be the most hazardous.

South winds of 15-25 knots will build waves to as high as 5 feet by early Saturday afternoon and to as high as 8 feet Saturday evening.

Remain out of the water to avoid hazardous swimming conditions and do not venture out on piers. Check with your local authorities on potential beach closures.

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