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coastal hazard message
national weather service tallahassee fl
245 pm edt thu apr 17 2014
...there is a high risk for rip currents through friday evening
along the big bend and panhandle beaches...
.strong easterly winds will result in elevated surf along
eastward facing beaches through tonight. additionally...the
strong easterly flow will increase the longshore current along
panhandle beaches. winds will shift to onshore and noticeably
increase on friday. surf heights will increase especially across
walton and bay counties. all these effects will result in a higher
than usual chance for strong rip currents through friday evening.
south walton-coastal bay-coastal gulf-coastal franklin-
245 pm edt thu apr 17 2014 /145 pm cdt thu apr 17 2014/
...high rip current risk now in effect through friday evening...
* location...big bend and panhandle beaches.
* surf...2 to 4 feet along big bend beaches...1 to 2 feet
elsewhere into tonight. surf will increase on friday to 3 to 4
feet walton and bay counties with a few spots to 5 feet. seas 2
to 3 feet gulf and walton counties.
precautionary/preparedness actions...
rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore. if you become caught in a rip current remain calm and
swim parallel to shore. once you are away from the force of the
rip current...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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