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  • Rip Current Statement

    Broward, FL

    356 AM EDT THU MAR 23 2017

    ...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING
    THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP
    CURRENT RISK, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING
    THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

    * TIMING...THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING

    * IMPACTS...STRONG AND DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ARE FORECAST ALONG
    THE ATLANTIC BEACHES OF SOUTH FLORIDA, WHICH WILL BE HAZARDOUS
    FOR THOSE IN THE SURF ZONE.

    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.

    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.



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