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Rip Current Statement


COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
413 AM CDT MON JUL 28 2014

...HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ACROSS THE BEACHES OF ALABAMA AND
NORTHWEST FLORIDA...

.THE COMBINATION OF INCREASING WESTERLY WIND AND SURF AHEAD OF AN
APPROACHING COLD FRONT WILL LEAD TO A HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS RIP
CURRENTS THROUGH TONIGHT.

ALZ063-064-FLZ002-004-006-282000-
/O.NEW.KMOB.RP.S.0015.140728T0913Z-140729T1200Z/
LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-COASTAL SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL OKALOOSA-
413 AM CDT MON JUL 28 2014

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP
CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* TIMING...THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS WILL PERSIST THROUGH LATE TONIGHT 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...

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=RCVTECCHM

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