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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
504 AM CST WED DEC 24 2014

...HIGH RISK OF DEADLY RIP CURRENTS AND DANGEROUS SURF ALONG THE
BEACHES OF ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...

.A STRONG WESTERLY FLOW COMBINED WITH ABOVE AVERAGE SWELL HEIGHTS
PROPAGATING TOWARDS SHORE WILL HELP MAINTAIN THE THREAT FOR
DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND SURF CONDITIONS THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

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LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-COASTAL SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL OKALOOSA-
504 AM CST WED DEC 24 2014

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...

* WAVES AND SURF...6 TO 8 FEET.

* TIMING...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND SWELL WILL LEAD
  TO AN INCREASING FREQUENCY OF DEADLY RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE
  BEACHES OF ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA THROUGH AT LEAST LATE
  TUESDAY NIGHT.

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 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.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA...PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH
EROSION.

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PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE
NEW RIP CURRENT HAZARD...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=RCVTECCHM




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