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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
334 AM EST MON JAN 26 2015

...HIGH SURF AND RIP CURRENTS EXPECTED BEHIND A COLD FRONT ALONG
THE BEACHES OF WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TODAY...

.A COLD FRONT IS RAPIDLY CROSSING THE AREA THIS MORNING AND WILL
EXIT THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON...WITH BREEZY NORTHWEST WINDS
FILLING IN BEHIND THE FRONT.

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-271200-
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PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-
334 AM EST MON JAN 26 2015

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST TUESDAY...
...RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A
HIGH SURF ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST TUESDAY. A
RIP CURRENT RISK HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS RIP CURRENT RISK IS
IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* WAVES AND SURF...NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20-25 KNOTS WITH HIGHER
  GUSTS WILL BUILD SURF TO AROUND 5-7 FEET.

* TIMING...SURF WILL BEGIN TO BUILD EARLY THIS MORNING AS A COLD
  FRONT CROSSES THE REGION AND WILL REMAIN ELEVATED THROUGH EARLY
  TUESDAY MORNING.

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

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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