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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
234 PM EDT FRI APR 24 2015

...MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY...

.STEADY ONSHORE WEST TO SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS FROM LATE SATURDAY
MORNING THROUGH THE DAY ON SUNDAY WILL RESULT IN AN ELEVATED
RISK OF MORE FREQUENT AND STRONGER RIP CURRENTS ALONG AREA BEACHES.

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PINELLAS-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-COASTAL CHARLOTTE-
COASTAL LEE-
234 PM EDT FRI APR 24 2015

...MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A
BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR A MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS...WHICH
IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* HAZARDS...MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

* TIMING...LATE SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...RIP CURRENTS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE STRONGER AND
  MORE FREQUENT THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

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. 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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