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Rip Current Statement


COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
409 AM EDT SUN APR 19 2015

...STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS LIKELY TODAY ALONG THE
FLORIDA PANHANDLE BEACHES...

.INCREASING ONSHORE FLOW TO AROUND 15 MPH TODAY AND BUILDING SURF
TO AROUND 3 FEET WILL CREATE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR STRONGER AND
MORE FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS. ADDITIONALLY...STRONG AND SHIFTING
WINDS NEAR THUNDERSTORMS COULD TEMPORARILY LEAD TO STRONGER RIP
CURRENTS LATER THIS MORNING OR EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

FLZ108-112-114-200900-
/O.NEW.KTAE.RP.S.0022.150419T1100Z-150420T0900Z/
SOUTH WALTON-COASTAL BAY-COASTAL GULF-
409 AM EDT SUN APR 19 2015

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP
CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

* LOCATION: WALTON...BAY...AND GULF COUNTY BEACHES.

* SURF: BUILDING TO AROUND 3 FEET TODAY.

* IMPACTS: STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS ARE LIKELY
  TODAY...WHICH COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO THOSE ENTERING THE WATER.

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 MOBILE AL
1148 PM CDT SAT APR 18 2015

...A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS EXISTS THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

.AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF MAINLY MODERATE ONSHORE WINDS WILL
CONTINUE TO CREATE A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

ALZ063-064-FLZ002-004-006-191300-
/O.CON.KMOB.RP.S.0009.000000T0000Z-150420T0000Z/
LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-COASTAL SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL OKALOOSA-
1148 PM CDT SAT APR 18 2015

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

* TIMING...THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED DUE TO
  THE PRESENCE OF STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT 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 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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