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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
446 AM EDT FRI MAY 6 2016

FLZ043-050-052-056-057-061-139-142-148-149-151-155-160-162-165-
239-242-248-249-251-255-260-262-265-GMZ830-836-850-853-856-870-
873-876-070900-
SUMTER-PINELLAS-POLK-HARDEE-HIGHLANDS-DESOTO-COASTAL LEVY-
COASTAL CITRUS-COASTAL HERNANDO-COASTAL PASCO-
COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-INLAND LEVY-INLAND CITRUS-
INLAND HERNANDO-INLAND PASCO-INLAND HILLSBOROUGH-INLAND MANATEE-
INLAND SARASOTA-INLAND CHARLOTTE-INLAND LEE-TAMPA BAY WATERS-
CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND PINE ISLAND SOUND-
COASTAL WATERS FROM TARPON SPRINGS TO SUWANNEE RIVER FL OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS FL OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM BONITA BEACH TO ENGLEWOOD FL OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM TARPON SPRINGS TO SUWANNEE RIVER FL OUT 20 TO 60 NM-
WATERS FROM ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS FL OUT 20 TO 60 NM-
WATERS FROM BONITA BEACH TO ENGLEWOOD FL OUT 20 TO 60 NM-
446 AM EDT FRI MAY 6 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...RIP CURRENT IMPACT...
ELEVATED WINDS AND SEAS OVER THE GULF WATERS WILL KEEP A HIGH
RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG AREA BEACHES THROUGH EARLY TONIGHT.
A RIP CURRENT IS A 10 TO 30 YARD WIDE CHANNEL OF WATER THAT CAN
PULL EVEN A STRONG SWIMMER INTO DEEPER WATER. TO AVOID GETTING
CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...SWIM AT GUARDED BEACHES AND HEED THE
ADVICE OF THE BEACH PATROL. AT UNGUARDED BEACHES AND NEAR
PIERS...JETTIES...AND INLETS...DO NOT GO INTO THE SURF MUCH ABOVE
YOUR KNEES.

...FIRE WEATHER IMPACT...
A VERY DRY AIR MASS WILL REMAIN OVER THE REGION TODAY. LONG
DURATIONS OF HUMIDITY VALUES BELOW 35 PERCENT COMBINED WITH WINDS
IN THE 10 TO 15 MPH RANGE WILL PRODUCE ELEVATED FIRE WEATHER
DANGERS TODAY...BUT WITH ERC VALUES REMAINING BELOW CRITICAL
LEVELS RED FLAG CONDITIONS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

...FIRE WEATHER IMPACT...
VERY DRY AIR WILL REMAIN OVER THE REGION ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.
THE DRY AIR WILL SUPPORT 5 TO 7 HOURS OF HUMIDITY VALUES BELOW 35
PERCENT EACH AFTERNOON WHICH WILL KEEP AN ELEVATED FIRE WEATHER
DANGER ACROSS THE REGION...HOWEVER LIGHTER WINDS AND ERC VALUES
REMAINING BELOW CRITICAL LEVELS WILL KEEP RED FLAG CONDITIONS
OUT OF THE FORECAST.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY.

$$

MCMICHAEL




Rip Current Statement

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
425 AM EDT FRI MAY 6 2016

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-061630-
/O.NEW.KTBW.RP.S.0017.160506T1000Z-160507T0000Z/
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-
425 AM EDT FRI MAY 6 2016

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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A
HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* RIP CURRENT TIMING...THROUGH 8 PM THIS EVENING

* RIP CURRENT IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS AT AREA BEACHES FOR
  SWIMMING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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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