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Rip Current Statement


COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
458 AM CDT TUE JUL 22 2014

...A HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK CONTINUES ALONG THE BEACHES OF ALABAMA
AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA EARLY THIS AFTERNOON...

.A WEAKER...BUT STILL PERSISTENT ONSHORE FLOW WILL RESULT IN A
CONTINUATION OF A HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS THROUGH AT
LEAST EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

ALZ063-064-FLZ002-004-006-221800-
/O.EXT.KMOB.RP.S.0014.000000T0000Z-140722T1800Z/
LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-COASTAL SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL OKALOOSA-
458 AM CDT TUE JUL 22 2014

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS
AFTERNOON...

* TIMING...THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS WILL PERSIST THROUGH EARLY THIS
  AFTERNOON WITH NUMEROUS TO WIDESPREAD RIP CURRENTS LIKELY.
  CONTINUE TO MONITOR FOR LATER STATEMENTS AS UPDATES ARE RECEIVED
  FROM LOCAL LIFEGUARDS TODAY.

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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NEW RIP CURRENT HAZARD...

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