Beware of Rip Currents

Bay, Walton and Gulf Counties are facing increasing surf which is bringing stronger and more frequent Rip Currents.

Breezy south to southeast winds over the coastal waters is causing increased surf this weekend. Rip Currents will are becoming more
likely as the day progresses. Strong and frequent Rip Currents are likely by this evening and into Sunday along the Bay...Walton...and Gulf County coastlines.

The high Rip Current risk in effect through Sunday evening.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a high Rip
Current risk.

* WAVES AND SURF...BUILDING TO 3 TO 4 FEET.

* TIMING...SURF AND RIP CURRENTS INCREASING BY SUNDAY MORNING AND
REMAINING STRONG ON SUNDAY.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER.

There is a high risk of Rrip 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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