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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
814 PM CST MON DEC 22 2014

...HIGH RISK OF DEADLY RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE BEACHES OF ALABAMA AND
NORTHWEST FLORIDA THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

.BEACH SUPERVISORS IN GULF SHORES ARE REPORTING INCREASING SURF AND
SWELL THIS EVENING...WITH RIP CURRENTS BECOMING MORE ORGANIZED. AN
INCREASING ONSHORE FLOW LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT AHEAD OF
AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT WILL BRING A CONTINUED HIGH POTENTIAL OF
DEADLY RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE BEACHES OF ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST
FLORIDA THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.

ALZ063-064-FLZ002-004-006-231000-
/O.NEW.KMOB.RP.S.0021.141223T0214Z-141224T1200Z/
LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-COASTAL SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL OKALOOSA-
814 PM CST MON DEC 22 2014

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP
CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING...TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF INCREASING WINDS AND SWELL WILL LEAD
  TO AN INCREASING FREQUENCY OF DEADLY RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE BEACHES
  OF ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA THROUGH AT LEAST LATE TUESDAY
  NIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

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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PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE
NEW RIP CURRENT HAZARD...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=RCVTECCHM




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