Allegan Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Special Statement, Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 6:06 AM EDT Sep. 21, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Significant weather advisory...

At 604 am EDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms
developing along a line extending from near Grand Rapids to Benton
Harbor. Movement was northeast at 50 mph.

Wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph with downed tree limbs will be possible
with these storms.

Locations impacted include...
Grand Rapids... Kalamazoo... Portage...
Ionia... Greenville... Hastings...
Belding... Allegan... Portland...
Plainwell... Lowell... Paw Paw...
Stanton... Westwood... Wyoming...
Kentwood... East Grand Rapids... Wayland...
Otsego... Middleville...

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

To report severe weather, contact your nearest law enforcement
agency. They will relay your report to the National Weather Service
office in Grand Rapids.


Lat... Lon 4207 8622 4224 8622 4224 8631 4277 8585
      4277 8578 4285 8578 4329 8539 4330 8484
      4289 8484 4277 8489 4277 8507 4242 8507
      4242 8530 4207 8529
time... Mot... loc 1004z 233deg 57kt 4309 8547 4204 8644


Meade

606 am EDT Fri Sep 21 2018

... Significant weather advisory...

At 604 am EDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms
developing along a line extending from near Grand Rapids to Benton
Harbor. Movement was northeast at 50 mph.

Wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph with downed tree limbs will be possible
with these storms.

Locations impacted include...
Grand Rapids... Kalamazoo... Portage...
Ionia... Greenville... Hastings...
Belding... Allegan... Portland...
Plainwell... Lowell... Paw Paw...
Stanton... Westwood... Wyoming...
Kentwood... East Grand Rapids... Wayland...
Otsego... Middleville...

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

To report severe weather, contact your nearest law enforcement
agency. They will relay your report to the National Weather Service
office in Grand Rapids.


Lat... Lon 4207 8622 4224 8622 4224 8631 4277 8585
      4277 8578 4285 8578 4329 8539 4330 8484
      4289 8484 4277 8489 4277 8507 4242 8507
      4242 8530 4207 8529
time... Mot... loc 1004z 233deg 57kt 4309 8547 4204 8644


Meade


347 am EDT Fri Sep 21 2018

... Beach hazards statement in effect through this evening...

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a beach
hazards statement... which is in effect through this evening.

* High wave action... strong currents and dangerous swimming
conditions expected.

* Strong structural currents expected.

* Strong longshore currents possible.

* Rip currents possible.

* Location... beaches from St. Joseph to Manistee.

* Beaches with particularly dangerous conditions include...

North Beach in South Haven... Holland State Park... Muskegon
State Park... Mears State Park in Pentwater... Stearns Park in
Ludington.

* Overview/potential impacts... southwest winds will become west to
northwest this morning, and increase to 30 to 40 mph. These
winds, and waves building to 7 to 10 ft by later today, will
create very hazardous swimming conditions. In addition, water
temperatures have dropped off, and could add another hazard to
anyone swimming in the waters of Lake Michigan today.


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.