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Beach Hazard Statement

Statement as of 9:26 PM EDT on July 23, 2014

Expires 8:00 AM EDT on July 24, 2014


... Beach hazards statement remains in effect until 8 am EDT
Thursday...

* 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 Grand Haven.

* Beaches with particularly dangerous conditions expected
Wednesday include... North Beach in South Haven... Holland State
Park.

* Overview/potential impacts... north to northwest winds 10 to 20
mph will diminish to 5 to 15 mph tonight. Hazardous swimming
conditions will exist tonight mainly along north facing piers
due to structural currents and 4 to 6 foot waves.

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.

Please visit the following website to share your thoughts on the
new beach hazards statement...

Http://www.Weather.Gov/survey/NWS-survey.Php?Code=chmbhs





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