(WZZM) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazard Alert for dangerous swimming conditions along Lake Michigan.
High wave action is expected to create strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions through Tuesday evening.
WZZM 13 Chief Meteorologist George Lessens is forecasting northwest winds at 15-25 mph with waves building to 3-6'.
The advisory stretches from Van Buren County north to Mason County. Beaches with the most dangerous conditions include North Beach in South Haven, Holland State Park, Muskegon State Park, Mears State Park in Pentwater and Stearns Park in Ludington. The north sides of piers and breakwalls will be the most dangerous areas.
Waterspouts are also possible the next couple of days.
High wave action makes swimming difficult and can tire even a strong swimmer quickly.
Structural currents may also 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.
Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have created a new database which shows drownings and rescues on the Great Lakes. You can find a link here: http://bit.ly/1sl9NjM.