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Rip Current Statement


COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
334 AM EDT MON APR 21 2014

FLZ168-212045-
/O.NEW.KMFL.RP.S.0013.140421T0734Z-140423T0000Z/
COASTAL PALM BEACH-
334 AM EDT MON APR 21 2014

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

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

* TIMING...THE HIGH POTENTIAL FOR RIP CURRENTS WILL PERSIST
  THROUGH AT LEAST TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE
  BEACHES OF PALM BEACH COUNTY. WHILE THESE BEACHES ARE UNDER A
  HIGH RISK, OTHER BEACHES ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST OF SOUTH
  FLORIDA WILL ALSO BE IN A MODERATE RISK OF 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 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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