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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
259 AM EDT MON JUL 21 2014

...A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IS IN EFFECT FOR THE BEACHES OF
WALTON...BAY AND GULF COUNTIES THROUGH THIS EVENING...

FLZ108-112-114-220000-
/O.EXT.KTAE.RP.S.0057.000000T0000Z-140722T0000Z/
SOUTH WALTON-COASTAL BAY-COASTAL GULF-
259 AM EDT MON JUL 21 2014 /159 AM CDT MON JUL 21 2014/

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

* LOCATION...THE BEACHES OF WALTON...BAY...AND GULF COUNTIES.

* TIMING...THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.

* BEACH FLAGS...AS OF YESTERDAY EVENING THE FLAGS WERE DOUBLE RED
  IN BAY COUNTY...AND RED IN WALTON AND GULF. THESE FLAGS MAY BE
  UPDATED SHORTLY AFTER SUNRISE.

* SURF...1 TO 2 FEET WITH A FEW 3 FOOT SETS.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF BREEZY WINDS...SURF HEIGHTS
  APPROACHING 2 FEET ON AVERAGE...AND POTENTIALLY ACTIVE RIP
  CHANNELS FROM YESTERDAY WILL CREATE DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS
  TODAY FOR ALL WHO ENTER THE WATER.

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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