High Winds And Waves Batter West Michigan

Posted at 9:56 AM, Oct 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-26 09:56:18-04

WEST MICHIGAN — A strengthening upper level low pressure center moving through the Great Lakes is creating gusty winds and high waves across West Michigan Saturday morning. Winds are gusting in excess of 40 mph this morning along the Lakeshore with some areas like Muskegon and Holland experiencing tropical storm force winds. The highest wind gust was recorded early Saturday morning in Muskegon along the lake at 60 miles per hour. An equally impressive gust of 59 miles per hour was recorded at Big Sable Point a short time later.

Peak Wind Gusts (as of 10am) :

Muskegon: 60 mph (2:35am)

Big Sable Point: 59 mph (3:00am)

South Haven: 58 mph (3:00am)

Ludington: 49 mph (12:30am)

Holland: 48 mph (3:40am)

Comstock Park: 45 mph (1:15am)

Grand Rapids: 43 mph (4:33am)

Gusty winds have created high waves that are piling up along the Lakeshore. Waves are forecast today to reach between 12 and 14 feet from South Haven and north but already this morning waves have been reported up to 17.5 feet in Port Sheldon.

Peak Wave Heights (as of 10am) :

Port Sheldon: 17.5 feet (2:30am)

Holland: 14.3 feet (7:00am)

Ludington: 12.8 feet (3:10am)

Muskegon: 12.5 feet (7:00am)

Winds will gradually calm after sunset tonight and rain chances will come to an end overnight. Drying conditions return for Sunday and Monday as temperatures start a warming trend into next week.