Coastal Flood Warnings/Watches/Statements
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
344 AM EDT SUN APR 19 2015

...MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS TODAY...

.WINDS ALONG THE COAST WILL BECOME SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST AND STRONG
ENOUGH TO RESULT IN A RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-200000-
/O.NEW.KTBW.BH.S.0002.150419T1400Z-150420T0000Z/
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-
344 AM EDT SUN APR 19 2015

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING
THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A
BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR A MODERATE RISK OF RIP
CURRENTS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH
THIS EVENING.

* TIMING...THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* LOCATION...MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT AREA BEACHES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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 AND THE BEACH
PATROL. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND POSTED SIGNS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...DO NOT PANIC. REMAIN CALM
AND BEGIN TO SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE. ONCE YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE
FORCE OF THE RIP CURRENT...BEGIN TO SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT. EVEN A STRONG
SWIMMER CAN BECOME EXHAUSTED QUICKLY.

&&

$$


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