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Muskegon Police Department
Tuesday July 14th, 2015 :: 12:45 p.m. EDT
Advisory

Beach Hazard Statement extended through tomorrow morning 7/15/2015

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY
MORNING...

* HIGH WAVE ACTION... STRONG CURRENTS AND DANGEROUS SWIMMING
CONDITIONS EXPECTED.

* STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED

* STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS EXPECTED

* RIP CURRENTS POSSIBLE

* LOCATION...BEACHES FROM SOUTH HAVEN TO MANISTEE

* BEACHES WITH PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TODAY INCLUDE...

HOLLAND STATE PARK...
MUSKEGON STATE PARK...
MEARS STATE PARK IN PENTWATER...
STEARNS PARK IN LUDINGTON.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...NORTHWEST AND NORTH WINDS WILL
INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING TO 15 TO 30 MPH...WHICH WILL
BUILD WAVES INTO THE 3 TO 6 FOOT RANGE BY THIS EVENING. THE HIGH
WAVES ALONG WITH STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND STRUCTURAL
CURRENTS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF NORTH PIERS WILL MAKE FOR
DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS FROM THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.

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.

Address/Location
Muskegon Police Department
980 Jefferson Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-724-6750

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