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Norton Shores Police Department
Tuesday September 26th, 2017 :: 05:02 p.m. EDT
Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A BEACH
HAZARDS STATEMENT...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* 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 INCLUDE...

NORTH BEACH IN SOUTH HAVEN...
HOLLAND STATE PARK...
MUSKEGON STATE PARK...
MEARS STATE PARK IN PENTWATER...
STEARNS PARK IN LUDINGTON.

* OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS... A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE
ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN THIS EVENING. STRONG NORTHWEST TO NORTH
WINDS BEHIND THE FRONT WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH AND CREATE
3 TO 6 FOOT WAVES. THESE WAVES WILL RESULT IN STRONG STRUCTURAL
AND LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND POSSIBLE RIP CURRENTS.


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
Norton Shores Police Department
4814 Henry St
Norton Shores, MI 49441

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-733-2691

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