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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
334 PM CDT THU APR 28 2016

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR MIDDLE TEXAS COAST... ...
HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG GULF FACING BEACHES...

.A STRENGTHENING EASTERLY FLOW WILL COMBINE WITH ALREADY HIGHER
THAN NORMAL TIDAL LEVELS TO LEAD TO AREAS OF COASTAL FLOODING
ESPECIALLY AROUND HIGH TIDE FRIDAY MORNING INTO EARLY FRIDAY
AFTERNOON. IN ADDITION TO THE HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER LEVELS...A
HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS WILL EXIST ALONG GULF FACING BEACHES.

TXZ242-243-245-247-291100-
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KLEBERG-NUECES-ARANSAS-CALHOUN-
334 PM CDT THU APR 28 2016

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT FRIDAY
NIGHT...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

* COASTAL FLOODING...WATER LEVELS AROUND 2 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA
  LEVEL AT TIMES OF HIGH TIDE.

* TIMING...WATER LEVELS ALONG THE GULF WILL BE THE HIGHEST SEVERAL
  HOURS BEFORE AND AFTER HIGH TIDE...MAINLY FRIDAY MORNING INTO
  EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO...WHEN WATER LEVELS
  REACH 1 AND 3/4 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL...TWO THIRDS OF THE
  BEACH ARE UNDER WATER. AT 2 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL...
  SEVERAL BEACH ACCESS ROADS BECOME FLOODED. MINOR FLOODING
  ALONG AREA BEACHES MAY OCCUR. STEADY PERIODS OF WATER AT THE
  DUNES MAY OCCUR. WATER MAY FLOOD PORTIONS OF LAGUNA SHORES
  DRIVE IN FLOUR BLUFF. NORTH BEACH MAY EXPERIENCE MINOR
  FLOODING. RIP CURRENTS WILL LEAD TO DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR
  EVEN EXPERIENCED SWIMMERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.

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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