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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROWNSVILLE TX
959 AM CDT SUN MAY 1 2016

...UNFAVORABLE SWELL WILL SUPPORT A HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK AND
MINOR TIDAL OVERWASH TODAY...

.WAVES AT THE BEACH ARE BEING DOMINATED BY LONGER PERIOD EAST
SOUTHEAST SWELLS. THIS IS RESULTING IN A HIGH RISK OF RIP
CURRENTS. IN ADDITION...MINOR TIDAL OVERWASH UP TO THE DUNES WILL
PEAK AROUND HIGH TIDE AT 1227 PM TODAY.

TXZ251-256-257-020000-
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KENEDY-COASTAL WILLACY-COASTAL CAMERON-
959 AM CDT SUN MAY 1 2016

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS
EVENING...

...MINOR TIDAL OVERWASH TODAY...

* COASTAL FLOODING...TIDES WILL RUN A FOOT OR MORE ABOVE PREDICTED
  LEVELS THIS WEEKEND ON THE LOWER TEXAS COAST. AT TIMES OF HIGH
  TIDE...FROM LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON...WATER
  WILL REACH THE DUNES AT UNIMPROVED PUBLIC BEACHES ON SOUTH PADRE
  ISLAND NORTH THROUGH KENEDY COUNTY.

* RIP CURRENTS...LONG PERIOD SWELLS WILL BRING DANGEROUS
  LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS TO ALL BEACHES TODAY.

* TIMING...TIDAL RUN UP: 10 AM THROUGH 3 PM TODAY. RIP AND
  LONGSHORE CURRENTS: THROUGH TODAY.

* IMPACTS...FOR TIDAL RUN UP AND OVERWASH: WATER INTO THE DUNES
  FROM BEACH ACCESS 4 NORTHWARD WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT TO
  IMPOSSIBLE AT AND AROUND TIMES OF HIGH TIDE TODAY...1227 PM.
  FOR RIP CURRENTS: HOT AND GENERALLY SUNNY WEATHER THIS WEEKEND
  WILL BRING LARGE CROWDS TO SOUTH PADRE ISLAND AND INCREASE THE
  DANGER FOR POOR SWIMMERS WHO ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO ENTER THE WATER
  SAFELY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP AND LONGSHORE 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.

POOR SWIMMERS SHOULD REMAIN IN WATER TO KNEE HEIGHT...AND AVERAGE
SWIMMERS TO WAIST HEIGHT. ALL OTHER SWIMMERS SHOULD ENTER THE
WATER WITH A FLOTATION DEVICE SUCH AS A LIFE VEST...BOOGIE
BOARD...OR KICK BOARD WITH A SAFETY ROPE.

&&

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