...Beach hazards statement remains in effect from 10 am EDT this morning through this 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 today include...Holland State Park...Grand Haven State Park...Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon.
* Overview/potential impacts...south to southwest winds will increase this morning and continue through the day before diminishing this evening. This will cause waves to build to hazardous levels for swimming of 3 to 6 feet. Conditions will gradually improve Monday night.
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.
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