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whus41 kbox 290842
coastal hazard message
national weather service taunton ma
442 am edt thu sep 29 2016
eastern essex ma-barnstable ma-nantucket ma-
442 am edt thu sep 29 2016
...high surf advisory in effect from 8 am this morning to 6 pm
edt this evening...
the national weather service in taunton has issued a high surf
advisory...which is in effect from 8 am this morning to 6 pm edt
this evening.
* location...along the east facing shorelines of cape ann, outer
cape cod and nantucket.
* surf height...up to 3 to 5 feet near shore.
* timing...expect high surf to begin by around 8 am, then slowly
* impacts...the high surf will bring a high risk of rip currents
along east facing shorelines in the advisory area. there may
also be some minor splashover around the times of high tide late
this morning into early afternoon due to the high surf combining
with near astronomical high tides.
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 a poor swimmer and 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.
heed the advice of the beach patrol and swim only at guarded
beaches. be especially cautious near piers and jetties...where rip
currents can be enhanced.
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.
whus41 kokx 290919
kings (brooklyn)-southwestern suffolk-southeastern suffolk-
519 am edt thu sep 29 2016
...high rip current risk in effect through this evening...
the national weather service in upton has issued a high rip
current risk...which is in effect through this evening.
* rip current risk...high
* surf height...6-8 ft
* timing...today
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 the
sandbar and in the vicinity of 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.
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. once you are away from the force of the rip current...
begin to swim back toward the beach. do not attempt to swim
directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

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