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Hazardous Lake Michigan swimming through Thursday night | Local News | grandhaventribune.com – Grand Haven Tribune

The National Weather Service’s Beach Hazards Statement remains in effect through 11 p.m. Thursday for Lake Michigan beaches in Mason, Oceana, Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren and Muskegon counties.

High wave action, strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions are expected between St. Joseph and Manistee. Piers may be heavily swamped by waves.

Swim conditions will be dangerous, with high waves and strong currents — especially on the north side of north piers through Thursday night.

The largest waves along western Lower Michigan will occur on the north side of Big and Little Sable Points and south of South Haven down the lakeshore. Waves in these locations may reach 10 feet. Dangerous conditions will exist for swimmers in most areas.

Water temperatures have dipped to below 70 degrees in most areas, so colder water is a concern for swimmers as well.

Precautions

Strong currents can pull swimmers into deeper water and high waves can sweep people off piers.

Remain out of the water to avoid hazardous swimming conditions and do not venture out on piers.

Check with your local authorities on potential beach closures.

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