Due to big waves and strong currents, Michiganders are encouraged to stay out of the lake and off the piers on beaches between Manistee and St. Joseph Thursday.\u00a0 Waves are expected to build during the morning hours on Thursday, peaking at three to six feet by the afternoon and evening hours, the National Weather Service reported. The agency added that 81% of rescue incidents happen with waves between three and six feet. When waves reach three feet whitecaps form and life-threatening rip currents make swimming dangerous, according to the NWS. Half of current-related drownings and rescues happen near piers or similar structures. Additionally, strong currents can pull swimmers further into the lake and waves can wash over piers, sweeping people into the water. "Stay out of Lake Michigan today," the NWS wrote in a Tweet on Thursday. According to the NWS, particularly dangerous beaches include but are not limited to: Stearns Park in Ludington Mears State Park in Pentwater Muskegon State Park in Muskegon North Beach in South Haven There have been 33 drowning deaths in Lake Michigan as of Aug. 8, 2022, the highest since 2013, according to annual data kept by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. For more information on beach hazards for all Michigan beaches visit weather.gov\/greatlakes\/beachhazards.