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Rip Current Statement


Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Tallahassee FL
255 AM EST Sat Dec 15 2018

...HIGH RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS ALONG PANHANDLE BEACHES...

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Coastal Gulf-
255 AM EST Sat Dec 15 2018 /155 AM CST Sat Dec 15 2018/

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT...

* SURF...2 to 4 feet.

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 Tallahassee FL
255 AM EST Sat Dec 15 2018

...HIGH RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS ALONG PANHANDLE BEACHES...

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/O.CAN.KTAE.SU.Y.0008.000000T0000Z-181216T0000Z/
/O.EXT.KTAE.RP.S.0114.000000T0000Z-181216T0900Z/
South Walton-Coastal Bay-
255 AM EST Sat Dec 15 2018 /155 AM CST Sat Dec 15 2018/

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT...

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS CANCELLED...

* SURF...3 to 5 feet.


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
1128 PM CST Fri Dec 14 2018

ALZ265-266-FLZ202-204-206-151330-
/O.EXT.KMOB.SU.Y.0010.000000T0000Z-181215T1500Z/
/O.EXT.KMOB.RP.S.0032.000000T0000Z-181215T1500Z/
Mobile Coastal-Baldwin Coastal-Escambia Coastal-
Santa Rosa Coastal-Okaloosa Coastal-
1128 PM CST Fri Dec 14 2018

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST SATURDAY...
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST SATURDAY...

* WHERE...Gulf beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida.

* SURF HEIGHTS...Ranging from 3 to 5 feet over the beaches of
  Alabama and 4 to 6 feet over the beaches of Northwest Florida.

* IMPACTS...The surf is dangerous for all levels of swimmers.
  Frequent life-threatening rip currents are expected. Some
  minor beach erosion is possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

There is a high risk of rip currents.  Rip currents are life-
threatening to anyone entering the surf.  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.

A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and
dangerous swimming conditions.

&&

$$

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