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Rip Current Statement


COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
617 PM CST SAT NOV 22 2014

...HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS TO POTENTIALLY DEADLY RIP CURRENTS EXISTS
ALONG AREA BEACHES THIS WEEKEND...

.STRONG HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHEAST STATES MOVES OFF TO THE EAST
ON SUNDAY AS A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ADVANCES FROM THE WEST. AS
THIS OCCURS...STRONG EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS WILL BECOME SOUTH TO
SOUTHWEST AND REMAIN STRONG ALONG THE COAST. THE INCREASE IN
WINDS...IN COMBINATION WITH SPRING TIDAL CYCLES AND AN INCREASE IN
HIGHER PERIOD SWELL OVER THE WEEKEND...WILL RESULT IN A HIGH RISK OF
DANGEROUS TO POTENTIALLY DEADLY RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE BEACHES
THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.

ALZ063-064-FLZ002-004-006-231000-
/O.CON.KMOB.RP.S.0020.000000T0000Z-141124T1200Z/
LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-COASTAL SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL OKALOOSA-
617 PM CST SAT NOV 22 2014

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE SUNDAY
NIGHT...

* TIMING...THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS...EAST INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 MPH AND BECOMING SOUTHEAST
  TONIGHT THEN MORE SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST ON SUNDAY.

* IMPACTS...MORE FREQUENT...DANGEROUS TO POTENTIALLY DEADLY RIP
  CURRENTS ALONG THE BEACHES OF ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA
  THIS WEEKEND.

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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