Hundreds celebrate Labor Day holiday on Mich. beaches

Updated: Monday, September 1, 2014
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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Hundreds of people flocked to West Michigan beaches today to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

But the weather brought large waves and dangerous swimming conditions as well.

Newschannel 3 has been checking out the swimming conditions

The waves really picked up in Grand Haven after 8 a.m., and they've been at around 3-and-a-half feet all day, with wind gusts near 30 miles per hour, and that's created some dangerous conditions.

Despite the rainy morning and water temps in the upper 60's, swimmers took to the waves.

Red flags waved along the beach as the National Weather Service warned of high waves, dangerous currents and the potential for rip currents--specifically in spots like those along the south side of the pier. But that didn't stop people from jumping in.

But swimmers like Rob Neithhammer say they're keeping the dangers in mind, and watching their children closely today.

"The kids are staying up close so they don't get real carried away, and I'm staying real close to my boys out there--keeping them safe," he said.

The wind and the waves are expected to die down overnight, getting back to 1 foot waves by tomorrow morning.

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