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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
1047 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014

...THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT THE BEACHES OF THE
FLORIDA BIG BEND TODAY AND AND A MODERATE RISK ON FRIDAY...

.RESIDUAL ONSHORE FLOW FROM WEDNESDAY WILL STILL BE STRONG ENOUGH
TO CREATE BREAKING WAVES OF 3 TO 5 FEET WITH SOME HIGHER SETS AT
THE AREA BEACHES TODAY...RESULTING IN A HIGH RISK FOR RIP
CURRENTS. ON FRIDAY...BREAKERS SHOULD DROP TO 2 TO 4 FEET WITH A
FEW HIGHER SETS STILL POSSIBLE...RESULTING IN A MODERATE RISK FOR
RIP CURRENTS.

FLZ108-112-114-115-260000-
/O.CON.KTAE.RP.S.0091.000000T0000Z-141226T0900Z/
SOUTH WALTON-COASTAL BAY-COASTAL GULF-COASTAL FRANKLIN-
1047 AM EST THU DEC 25 2014 /947 AM CST THU DEC 25 2014/

...RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

* LOCATION...PANHANDLE BEACHES.

* SURF...3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL HIGHER SETS.

* TIMING...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

* BEACH FLAGS...DOUBLE RED AT GULF AND FRANKLIN BEACHES...RED ELSEWHERE.
  DOUBLE RED FLAGS MEAN BEACHES ARE CLOSED.

* IMPACTS...WHERE DOUBLE RED FLAGS ARE POSTED...THE WATER IS TOO
  DANGEROUS FOR ANYONE TO GET IN.

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...SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE. ONCE YOU ARE
AWAY FROM THE FORCE OF THE RIP CURRENT...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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