Single Red Beach Warning Flags up for Dangerous Rips

By: Joe Moore Twitter: @TV7NewsGuy
By: Joe Moore Twitter: @TV7NewsGuy

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee says there is a high risk of dangerous Rip Currents in Northwest Florida until 6:00 AM CDT Monday. (7:00 AM EDT)

Single Red Beach Warning Flags are posted on on all area coastal beaches.

Surf is running 3 to 5 feet in the panhandle and 1 to 3 feet in the Florida Big Bend

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 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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