Portable siren warns of bad weather at hard-to-reach beach


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Of the 350,000 people enjoying this year's Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, chances are they haven't thought much about bad weather.

It's been beautiful.

But if bad weather did arrive, there's an early warning system in place.

“We've been out here for bad weather before,” said Robin Marckini, who’s camping with her family at Grand Haven State Park.

Marckini knows bad weather can get along the lakeshore.

“Storms out here? Yeah. Not good. You think you're going to flip over,” Marckini said.

But weather-warning sirens in and around Grand Haven can’t always be heard at the beach. So Ottawa County Emergency Management brought the siren to the beach.

A trailer-mounted siren, placed in the air by a 30-foot boom, is parked at the campground. Powered by solar panels and a backup generator, it provides a level of safety for beachgoers should severe weather occur.

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