534  
WHUS42 KMLB 230820  
CFWMLB  
 
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL  
320 AM EST FRI FEB 23 2018  
 
FLZ047-054-059-064-141-147-240000-  
/O.NEW.KMLB.RP.S.0001.180223T1200Z-180224T0000Z/  
SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-INDIAN RIVER-ST. LUCIE-MARTIN-  
COASTAL VOLUSIA COUNTY-NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTY-  
320 AM EST FRI FEB 23 2018  
   
..HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MELBOURNE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP  
CURRENT RISK, WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING.  
 
* TIMING...DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS WILL BE PRESENT AT AREA BEACHES  
ALL DAY, BUT THE GREATEST RISK WILL BE THROUGH THIS MORNING AND  
AGAIN LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING HOURS DUE TO TIDAL  
EFFECTS.  
 
* IMPACTS...WHEN THE RIP CURRENT RISK IS HIGH, THE SURF IS  
DANGEROUS FOR ALL LEVELS OF SWIMMERS.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP 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 JETTIES AND  
PIERS. HEED THE ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS...BEACH PATROL FLAGS AND  
SIGNS.  
 
SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD. IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT, RELAX AND  
FLOAT. DON'T 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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