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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
313 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

...MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS TODAY...

.WHILE NORTHWEST WIND ARE BECOMING NORTHERLY AND DECREASING THERE
WILL STILL BE ENOUGH WAVE ENERGY REACHING AREA BEACHES TO CREATE A
RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-260000-
/O.NEW.KTBW.RP.S.0040.141225T1300Z-141226T0000Z/
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-
313 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

...RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EST THIS MORNING THROUGH
THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A RIP
CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EST THIS MORNING
THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* TIMING...THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS RIP CURRENTS AT AREA BEACHES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY
FROM SHORE...WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN THE
SANDBAR AND IN THE VICINITY OF STRUCTURES SUCH AS GROINS...
JETTIES AND PIERS. HEED THE ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS AND THE BEACH
PATROL. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND POSTED SIGNS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...DO NOT PANIC. REMAIN CALM
AND BEGIN TO SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE. ONCE YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE
FORCE OF THE RIP CURRENT...BEGIN TO SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT. EVEN A STRONG
SWIMMER CAN BECOME EXHAUSTED QUICKLY.

&&

$$


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