Rip Current Statement

Published 12/04 2016 04:05AM

Updated 12/04 2016 04:05AM

Issued at: 12/04/2016 4:02:00 AM EST
Expires on: 12/05/2016 12:00:00 AM EST
Counties affected: Franklin FLZ108-112-114-115-050500- /O.NEW.KTAE.RP.S.0105.161204T0902Z-161205T0500Z/ SOUTH WALTON-COASTAL BAY-COASTAL GULF-COASTAL FRANKLIN- 402 AM EST SUN DEC 4 2016 /302 AM CST SUN DEC 4 2016/ ...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK...WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING. * TIMING...THROUGH THIS EVENING. * SURF HEIGHT...2 TO 4 FEET...OCCASIONALLY UP 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. THEY OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN THE SANDBAR...AS WELL AS IN THE VICINITY OF JETTIES AND PIERS. HEED THE ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS...BEACH PATROL FLAGS...AND SIGNS BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER. IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT DO NOT SWIM AGAINST IT. FACE THE SHORE AND SIGNAL FOR HELP. FLOAT OR TREAD WATER UNTIL THE CURRENT ENDS OR UNTIL RESCUED. && $$