Rip Current Statement

Published 02/11 2016 11:02AM

Updated 02/11 2016 12:02PM

Issued at: 02/11/2016 10:58:00 AM EST
Expires on: 02/11/2016 10:00:00 PM EST
Counties affected: Walton FLZ108-112-120300- /O.NEW.KTAE.RP.S.0020.160211T1558Z-160212T0300Z/ SOUTH WALTON-COASTAL BAY- 1058 AM EST THU FEB 11 2016 /958 AM CST THU FEB 11 2016/ ...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ THIS EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ THIS EVENING. * TIMING...THROUGH THIS EVENING 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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