Photos: Seiche reported along Lake Michigan shoreline

MANISTEE, Mich. – The strong storm heading towards Michigan started out today with a rare Lake Michigan event: a seiche.

A seiche is a sudden oscillation of water levels in a lake or bay. The National Weather Service confirmed the seiche in an online discussion. The Manistee County Press reports that a seiche has caused damage to the city riverwalk and marina.

Kurt Loosenort sent FOX 17 four pictures from Mears State Park in Pentwater.  Kurt tells us that the logs and rocks in the pictures had been moved over 100 feet inland by a series of five large waves.

Photographer Todd Reed took pictures in Ludington while rain and hail started falling. Lake levels rose to cover the Ludington North Breakwater.

A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect for West Michigan starting at 5:00 a.m. Saturday.

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