Coastal Flood Warnings/Watches/Statements
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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
907 PM EDT MON SEP 25 2017

MAZ020-022>024-RIZ006>008-260915-
/O.CON.KBOX.SU.Y.0008.000000T0000Z-170927T2200Z/
SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
907 PM EDT MON SEP 25 2017

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT
WEDNESDAY...

* LOCATION...ALONG OCEAN EXPOSED BEACHES ON THE SOUTH COASTS OF
  MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND.

* TIMING...THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

* SURF AND RIP CURRENT RISK...LONG PERIOD SOUTHERLY SWELLS FROM
  DISTANT HURRICANE MARIA WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE AS THEY PUSH
  ACROSS THE SOUTH COASTAL WATERS THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THIS WILL
  RESULT IN HIGH SURF ALONG THE OCEAN EXPOSED COASTLINE AND A
  HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...AREAS OF BEACH EROSION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RIP CURRENT...SOMETIMES MISTAKENLY CALLED AN UNDERTOW...IS A
STRONG BUT NARROW CURRENT OF WATER FLOWING FROM THE BEACH TO THE
SURF ZONE. IT CAN RAPIDLY CARRY A SWIMMER INTO DEEPER WATER...AND
EXHAUST AN INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO SWIM AGAINST IT.

IN ADDITION...VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD STAY IN SAFE AREAS
WELL AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASHOVER. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE MORE
THAN TWICE THE AVERAGE WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH CAN SWEEP A PERSON
INTO THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA.
FALLING INTO TURBULENT AND SOMETIMES ROCKY WATERS CAN RESULT IN
INJURY THAT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

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