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Rip Current Statement


Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL
316 PM EST Tue Dec 12 2017

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-131100-
/O.EXT.KTBW.RP.S.0036.000000T0000Z-171213T2000Z/
Pinellas-Coastal Hillsborough-Coastal Manatee-Coastal Sarasota-
Coastal Charlotte-Coastal Lee-
316 PM EST Tue Dec 12 2017

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON...

* RIP CURRENT TIMING...Increasing wave action will create rip
  currents into Wednesday afternoon.

* RIP CURRENT IMPACTS...Strong rip currents will be hazardous
  for those in the surf zone along area beaches today and this
  evening.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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. For maximum safety...swim near a lifeguard.
Pay attention to 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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