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coastal hazard message
national weather service taunton ma
938 am edt fri sep 22 2017

eastern essex ma-eastern plymouth ma-southern bristol ma-
washington ri-newport ri-
938 am edt fri sep 22 2017

...high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 am edt saturday...

* location...along the rhode island ocean exposed coast from 
  westerly to newport and to the westport shoreline in 
  massachusetts. also along the essex county ocean exposed 
  coastline of northeast massachusetts from swampscott to 

* timing...today and tonight.

* surf and rip current risk...large waves from jose will result 
  in high surf along the ocean exposed coastline. this will also 
  lead to dangerous rip currents.

* shoreline impacts...areas of lingering beach erosion.

precautionary/preparedness actions...

a rip current...sometimes mistakenly called an undertow...is a
strong but narrow current of water flowing from the beach to the
surf zone. it can rapidly carry a swimmer into deeper water...and
exhaust an individual trying to swim against it.

if you are caught in a rip current...swim parallel to the beach
until out of its pull...then swim back to shore. another means of
escape for good swimmers is to ride the current out until it
dissipates...then swim back to shore outside of the rip current.

do not attempt to swim directly into the rip current...it can
exhaust and drown even the strongest swimmer.

in addition...viewers of large surf should stay in safe areas
well away from possible splashover. individual waves may be more
than twice the average wave height...which can sweep a person
into the water from what may seem to be a safe viewing area.
falling into turbulent and sometimes rocky waters can result in
injury that reduces the chance of survival.

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southeastern suffolk-
344 am edt fri sep 22 2017

...high rip current risk remains in effect through this evening...

* locations...atlantic beaches of southeastern suffolk county.

* rip current risk...high.

* surf height...5 to 8 ft.

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
sandbars and near structures such as groins...jetties...and
piers. talk to lifeguards and beach officials to learn about any
surf hazards and heed their advice. pay attention to flags and
posted signs and swim in life guarded areas.

swim near a lifeguard. if caught in a rip current...relax and
float...and do not swim against the current.  if able...swim in a
direction following the shoreline. if unable to escape...face the
shore and call or wave for help.



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