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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
359 AM EDT WED OCT 18 2017

FLZ033-038-182145-
/O.UPG.KJAX.CF.Y.0006.000000T0000Z-171019T2300Z/
/O.NEW.KJAX.CF.W.0003.171018T0759Z-171019T0800Z/
/O.EXT.KJAX.RP.S.0019.000000T0000Z-171019T2300Z/
/O.CON.KJAX.SU.Y.0009.000000T0000Z-171018T2300Z/
ST. JOHNS-FLAGLER-
359 AM EDT WED OCT 18 2017

...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EDT THURSDAY...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSONVILLE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL
FLOOD WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EDT THURSDAY. THE
COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* COASTAL FLOODING...MODERATE TIDAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED AROUND
  TIMES OF HIGH TIDE WITHIN THE ST. JOHNS RIVER BASIN AND ITS
  TRIBUTARIES...ALONG AREA BEACHES...AND WITHIN COASTAL ESTUARIES.
  ELEVATED WATER LEVELS LIKELY TO CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY.

* WAVES AND SURF...5 TO 7 FEET.

* IMPACTS...RIVER AND CREEK FLOODING AROUND THE TIMES OF HIGH
  TIDE WILL CAUSE MINOR FLOODING OF MAINLY PARKS, CAMPGROUNDS,
  DOCKS AND BOAT RAMPS AND ALONG SOME AREA ATLANTIC BEACHES.
  STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF ARE EXPECTED AT AREA
  BEACHES AS WELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR
IMMINENT. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT
FOR RISING WATER, AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND
PROPERTY.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA, PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH
EROSION.

THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

RIP CURRENTS WILL BE LIFE THREATENING.

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.

SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD. IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT REMAIN CALM.
DON`T FIGHT THE CURRENT. SWIM IN A DIRECTION FOLLOWING THE
SHORELINE. IF UNABLE TO ESCAPE, FACE THE SHORE AND CALL OR WAVE
FOR HELP. IF TIRED, FLOAT OR TREAD WATER UNTIL OUT OF THE RIP
CURRENT.

&&

$$

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