Coastal Flood Warnings/Watches/Statements
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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
416 PM EDT TUE SEP 26 2017

MAZ020-022>024-RIZ006>008-270430-
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SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
416 PM EDT TUE SEP 26 2017

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THURSDAY...

* LOCATION...OCEAN EXPOSED BEACHES ON THE SOUTH COASTS OF
  MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND INCLUDING CAPE COD AND THE
  ISLANDS.

* TIMING...THROUGH THURSDAY.

* SURF AND RIP CURRENT RISK...LONG PERIOD SOUTHERLY SWELLS FROM
  DISTANT HURRICANE MARIA WILL RESULT IN HIGH SURF AND A HIGH RISK
  OF DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SWELL HEIGHTS OF 7
  TO 11 FT WITH PERIODS OF 10 TO 15 SECONDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH
  THURSDAY.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD STAY IN SAFE
  AREAS WELL AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASHOVER. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY
  BE MORE THAN TWICE THE AVERAGE WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH CAN SWEEP A
  PERSON INTO THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING
  AREA. FALLING INTO TURBULENT AND SOMETIMES ROCKY WATERS CAN
  RESULT IN INJURY THAT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.  LARGE
  BREAKERS ON AREA BEACHES ALONG WITH SOME MINOR BEACH EROSION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RIP CURRENT...SOMETIMES MISTAKENLY CALLED AN UNDERTOW...IS A
STRONG BUT NARROW CURRENT OF WATER FLOWING FROM THE BEACH TO THE
SURF ZONE. IT CAN RAPIDLY CARRY A SWIMMER INTO DEEPER WATER...AND
EXHAUST AN INDIVIDUAL TRYING TO SWIM AGAINST IT.

IN ADDITION...VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD STAY IN SAFE AREAS
WELL AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASHOVER. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE MORE
THAN TWICE THE AVERAGE WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH CAN SWEEP A PERSON
INTO THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA.
FALLING INTO TURBULENT AND SOMETIMES ROCKY WATERS CAN RESULT IN
INJURY THAT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

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