Beach Hazard Statement
Expires 8:00 PM EDT on May 24, 2013
Statement as of 3:53 am CDT on May 23, 2013/
... Beach hazards statement in effect from 11 am EDT /10 am CDT/
this morning through Friday evening...
* high wave action and dangerous swimming conditions expected...
* strong rip currents expected...
* strong structural currents expected...
* overview/potential impacts... north winds gusting up to 35 mph
and waves building to 6 to 10 feet are expected this afternoon
and tonight. Waves of 3 to 6 feet are expected tomorrow.
Dangerous pounding waves and life-threatening rip currents are
expected at the beaches. People visiting the beaches should stay
out of the water.
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 out lakeward.
Structural currents form along piers where longshore currents and
wave action flow into the structure. Structural currents can
sweep you out lakeward along the pier structure.