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Rip Current Statement

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
804 AM AST WED FEB 10 2016

PRZ012-VIZ001-102015-
/O.EXP.TJSJ.SU.Y.0008.000000T0000Z-160210T1200Z/
/O.EXT.TJSJ.RP.S.0011.000000T0000Z-160211T2100Z/
CULEBRA-ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN/ADJACENT ISLANDS-
804 AM AST WED FEB 10 2016

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY
AFTERNOON...
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED...

* LOCATION...BEACHES OF NORTHERN CULEBRA AND NORTHERN U.S. VIRGIN
 ISLANDS.

* TIMING...THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CREATE STRONG RIP CURRENTS.

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...BEACH PATROL
FLAGS AND SIGNS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...YELL FOR HELP. REMAIN
CALM...DO NOT EXHAUST YOURSELF AND STAY AFLOAT WHILE WAITING FOR
HELP. IF YOU HAVE TO SWIM OUT OF A RIP CURRENT...SWIM PARALLEL TO
SHORE AND BACK TOWARD THE BEACH WHEN POSSIBLE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT AS YOU WILL TIRE QUICKLY.

&&

$$



Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
517 AM AST WED FEB 10 2016

AMZ715-725-VIZ001-002-110930-
ST. THOMAS ST. JOHN ADJACENT ISLANDS-ST CROIX-
NEARSHORE ATLANTIC AND ADJACENT CARIBBEAN COASTAL WATERS-
517 AM AST WED FEB 10 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE
ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

.WAVES...LONG PERIOD SWELL BETWEEN 5 AND 8 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL
SEAS UP TO 10 FT EXPECTED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC WATERS AND LOCAL
PASSAGES.

.RIP CURRENTS...THERE IS A MODERATE TO HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS
FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. PLEASE REFER TO LATEST SURF ZONE
FORECAST(SRFSJU) FOR MORE INFORMATION.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

A MODERATE TO HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE NORTH FACING
BEACHES OF THE ISLANDS IS LIKELY THROUGH AT LEAST THURSDAY.
HAZARDOUS SEAS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE OFFSHORE WATERS DUE TO
SUBSIDING NORTHERLY SWELL.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WIDESPREAD SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED, HOWEVER INDIVIDUAL
SPOTTER ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT RIP CURRENTS TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN JUAN.

$$




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