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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
1012 AM EDT SUN MAY 17 2015

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK TODAY ALONG THE BEACHES OF THE FLORIDA
PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND...

.MODERATE EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS THE PAST FEW DAYS HAVE CAUSED
THE WAVES AND CURRENTS TO BE RELATIVELY HIGH. THUS A CONTINUATION
OF STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS IS EXPECTED TODAY.

FLZ108-112-114-115-180000-
/O.CON.KTAE.RP.S.0031.000000T0000Z-150518T0000Z/
SOUTH WALTON-COASTAL BAY-COASTAL GULF-COASTAL FRANKLIN-
1012 AM EDT SUN MAY 17 2015

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM
CDT/ THIS EVENING...

* TIMING...GREATEST THREAT THIS MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON...
  WITH A GRADUAL DECREASE IN THE THREAT LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* SURF.....2 TO 4 FEET...SUBSIDING TO AROUND 2 FEET LATE.

* IMPACTS...STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS ARE LIKELY
  TODAY...WHICH COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO THOSE ENTERING THE WATER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

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...BEACH PATROL
FLAGS AND SIGNS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...YELL FOR HELP. REMAIN
CALM...DO NOT EXHAUST YOURSELF AND STAY AFLOAT WHILE WAITING FOR
HELP. IF YOU HAVE TO SWIM OUT OF A RIP CURRENT...SWIM PARALLEL TO
SHORE AND BACK TOWARD THE BEACH WHEN POSSIBLE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT AS YOU WILL TIRE QUICKLY.

&&

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