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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
948 AM EDT SUN APR 26 2015

...HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS TODAY AT WALTON AND BAY COUNTY
BEACHES...

.ELEVATED SURF AROUND 3 FEET AND ONSHORE WINDS TODAY AROUND 10 TO
15 MPH WILL MAINTAIN A RISK OF RIP CURRENTS TODAY ALONG FLORIDA
PANHANDLE BEACHES.

FLZ108-112-270600-
/O.NEW.KTAE.RP.S.0024.150426T1348Z-150427T0600Z/
SOUTH WALTON-COASTAL BAY-
948 AM EDT SUN APR 26 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 AND BAY COUNTY BEACHES.

* WINDS: ONSHORE AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH.

* SURF: AROUND 3 FEET.

* IMPACTS: STRONGER AND MORE FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS THAN A TYPICAL
  DAY ARE LIKELY TODAY...WHICH WILL 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.

&&

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