Van Buren Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Beach Hazard Statement
Issued: 3:08 AM EDT Jul. 17, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Beach hazards statement remains in effect through late

* 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 include North
Beach in South Haven and Holland State Park.

* Overview/potential impacts... north to northwest winds will
increase early this morning to 15 to 25 knots. These winds will
continue into this afternoon and evening. Waves will build into
the 3 to 5 foot range early this morning. The waves may briefly
subside to 2 to 4 feet later this morning before building again
to 3 to 6 feet this afternoon and evening. Strong longshore
currents are expected sweeping down the beach from north to
South. Strong structural currents are expected on the north side
of north piers. Rip currents are also possible.

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.