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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
408 AM EDT SUN MAY 3 2015

FLZ047-054-059-064-141-147-040000-
/O.NEW.KMLB.RP.S.0009.150503T1200Z-150504T0000Z/
SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-INDIAN RIVER-ST. LUCIE-MARTIN-
COASTAL VOLUSIA COUNTY-NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-
408 AM EDT SUN MAY 3 2015

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING
THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP
CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS
EVENING.

* TIMING...THOUGH RIP CURRENTS COULD OCCUR ANYTIME...THE GREATEST
  SEAWARD PULL IS EXPECTED TO BE FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH LATE
  AFTERNOON DUE TO TIDAL EFFECTS.

* IMPACTS...LIFE THREATENING RIP CURRENTS ARE LIKELY.

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...BEACH PATROL
FLAGS AND SIGNS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...YELL FOR HELP. REMAIN
CALM...DO NOT EXHAUST YOURSELF AND STAY AFLOAT WHILE WAITING FOR
HELP. IF YOU HAVE TO SWIM OUT OF A RIP CURRENT...SWIM PARALLEL TO
SHORE AND BACK TOWARD THE BEACH WHEN POSSIBLE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT AS YOU WILL TIRE QUICKLY.

&&

$$

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
529 AM EDT SUN MAY 3 2015

FLZ168-172-173-031730-
/O.CON.KMFL.RP.S.0024.150503T1200Z-150504T0400Z/
COASTAL PALM BEACH-COASTAL BROWARD-COASTAL MIAMI DADE-
529 AM EDT SUN MAY 3 2015

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

* TIMING...THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS...INCREASING ONSHORE WINDS ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST...
  ALONG WITH A 1 TO 4 FOOT NORTHEAST SWELL TODAY... WILL LEAD TO A
  HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST. THE WORSE
  CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DURING THE AFTERNOON AS THE SWELL PEAKS
  AT THE SAME TIME AS LOW TIDE IN THE MID AFTERNOON.

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...BEACH PATROL
FLAGS AND SIGNS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...YELL FOR HELP. REMAIN
CALM...DO NOT EXHAUST YOURSELF AND STAY AFLOAT WHILE WAITING FOR
HELP. IF YOU HAVE TO SWIM OUT OF A RIP CURRENT...SWIM PARALLEL TO
SHORE AND BACK TOWARD THE BEACH WHEN POSSIBLE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT AS YOU WILL TIRE QUICKLY.

&&

$$

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