... Beach hazards statement now in effect until 6 am EDT
* high wave action... strong currents and dangerous swimming
* Strong structural currents expected.
* Strong longshore currents expected.
* Rip currents possible.
* Location... beaches from St. Joseph to Grand Haven.
* Beaches with particularly dangerous conditions include North
Beach in South Haven and Holland State Park.
* Overview/potential impacts... north winds of 15 to 25 knots will
become northeast at 10 to 20 knots overnight and waves of 3 to 5
feet will gradually subside.
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.
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Issued: 9:58 PM EDT Jul. 17, 2018 – National Weather Service