8-foot waves, hypothermia risk for Lake Michigan on Friday, NWS says
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The National Weather Service is warning the public about several hazards in Lake Michigan to start the weekend.
According to the agency’s Grand Rapids officer, waves between four to eight feet are expected this afternoon.
Strong currents are expected, especially near piers at most major West Michigan beaches including Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven and St. Joseph.
“Waves will wash onto piers at times, especially from this afternoon onward, and could knock people into the cold water,” the NWS said.
Water temperatures are also a concern. The NWS says they have plummeted into the 40s at coastal buoys, creating additional danger of hypothermia for any possible swimmers, or rescues.
Wind gusts between 15 and 25 miles per hour are also expected.