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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
833 PM EDT TUE APR 15 2014

...INCREASED RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS AT AREA BEACHES THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT...

.A COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE REGION TONIGHT IS PRODUCING GUSTY
ONSHORE WINDS ROUGH SEAS...CONTINUING THE RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS
AT AREA BEACHES THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-160800-
/O.CON.KTBW.RP.S.0017.000000T0000Z-140416T0800Z/
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-
833 PM EDT TUE APR 15 2014

...RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EDT WEDNESDAY...

* TIMING...THROUGH LATE TONIGHT/EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...INCREASED RIP CURRENTS AT AREA BEACHES. RIP CURRENTS
  ARE VERY DANGEROUS AND CAN PULL EVEN THE STRONGEST SWIMMERS
  OUT INTO DEEPER WATER.

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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