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WHUS42 KTBW 170000
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
800 PM EDT THU OCT 16 2014

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-170100-
/O.EXP.KTBW.RP.S.0029.000000T0000Z-141017T0000Z/
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-
800 PM EDT THU OCT 16 2014

...RIP CURRENT RISK WILL EXPIRE AT 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING...

WHILE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS HAS DIMINISHED...SWIMMERS SHOULD
STILL BE AWARE THAT RIP CURRENTS REMAIN POSSIBLE ALONG THE BEACHES
OF WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY.

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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