Coastal Flood Warnings/Watches/Statements
Issued by NWS Tampa Bay Area, FL

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
321 AM EST WED NOV 26 2014

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT TODAY...
...HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG AREA BEACHES TODAY...

.A COLD IS MOVING SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA TODAY WITH STRONG AND
GUSTY NORTHWESTERLY WINDS IN ITS WAKE. LARGE WAVES OFFSHORE WILL
PROPAGATE TOWARD THE COAST RESULTING IN DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND
OCCASIONAL HIGH SURF.

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-262100-
/O.CON.KTBW.SU.Y.0012.141126T1300Z-141126T2100Z/
/O.CON.KTBW.RP.S.0036.141126T1300Z-141126T2100Z/
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-
321 AM EST WED NOV 26 2014

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO
4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EST THIS
MORNING THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...

* WAVES AND SURF...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 30 KNOTS
  WITH GUSTS UP TO GALE FORCE. THESE INCREASING WINDS WILL HELP TO
  BUILD SURF INTO THE 4 TO 5 FOOT RANGE ALONG AREA BEACHES ON
  WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING...THROUGH LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...ROUGH SURF AND A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ARE
  EXPECTED ALONG AREA BEACHES TODAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN DANGEROUS WATER ACTION IS
EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST.  THIS INCLUDES ROUGH SURF...LARGE
BREAKING WAVES...RIP CURRENTS...AND STRONG UNDERTOW.

BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO HEED LIFEGUARD WARNINGS.

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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