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Muskegon Police Department
Monday August 24th, 2015 :: 08:59 a.m. EDT
Advisory

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING 8/25/2015

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
325 PM EDT SUN AUG 23 2015
...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY
EVENING...

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

* STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* RIP CURRENTS EXPECTED.

* LOCATION...BEACHES FROM ST. JOSEPH TO MANISTEE.

BEACHES WITH PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS INCLUDE...

SOUTH BEACH IN SOUTH HAVEN... GRAND HAVEN STATE PARK... PERE
MARQUETTE PARK IN MUSKEGON.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...WAVES OF 3 TO 6 FEET LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT WILL POSE A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION TO
ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER DUE TO SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH
THAT WILL BECOME WEST. STRONG WESTERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE
MONDAY. WAVE HEIGHTS OF 4 TO 8 FEET ARE EXPECTED MONDAY THROUGH
MONDAY NIGHT.

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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