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Muskegon Police Department
Tuesday September 15th, 2015 :: 03:53 p.m. EDT
Advisory

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING 9/18/2015

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY 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 ST. JOSEPH TO MANISTEE.

* BEACHES WITH PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TODAY INCLUDE...

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

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS...STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25
MPH CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH THURSDAY OVER LAKE MICHIGAN. WAVES
OF 3 TO 6 FEET ARE EXPECTED...ESPECIALLY NORTH OF HOLLAND. LARGE
WAVES AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS WILL MAKE SWIMMING HAZARDOUS 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.

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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