159  
WHUS42 KMLB 160854  
CFWMLB  
 
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL  
354 AM EST THU NOV 16 2017  
 
FLZ047-054-059-064-141-147-162300-  
/O.NEW.KMLB.BH.S.0019.171116T0854Z-171116T2300Z/  
SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-INDIAN RIVER-ST. LUCIE-MARTIN-  
COASTAL VOLUSIA COUNTY-NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-  
354 AM EST THU NOV 16 2017  
   
..BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A BEACH  
HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR ROUGH SURF, WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS  
AFTERNOON.  
 
* HAZARDS...BREEZY NORTHERLY WINDS WILL PRODUCE ROUGH SURF AND A  
SOUTHWARD FLOWING CURRENT ALONG THE BEACHES TODAY.  
 
* POTENTIAL IMPACTS...HEAVY BREAKING WAVES POUNDING THE BEACHES  
AND A SOUTHWARD FLOWING CURRENT NEAR THE SHORE WILL CREATE  
HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE. STRONG RIP CURRENTS WILL  
ALSO OCCUR NEAR PIERS...JETTIES AND REEFS.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED WHEN THREATS SUCH AS ROUGH  
SURF AND LONGSHORE CURRENTS CREATE LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS IN  
THE SURF ZONE.  
 
LONGSHORE CURRENTS COMMONLY OCCUR WHEN WAVES APPROACH THE SHORELINE  
AT AN ANGLE. THEY OFTEN PRODUCE RIP CURRENTS NEAR JETTIES...PIERS  
AND REEFS. LONGSHORE CURRENTS CAN ALSO KNOCK YOU OFF A SANDBAR  
INTO DEEPER WATER. THE BEST SAFETY ADVICE IS TO ONLY ENTER THE  
SURF NEAR A LIFEGUARD.  
 

 
 

 
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