632  
WHUS42 KTBW 190659  
CFWTBW  
 
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED  
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL  
259 AM EDT SUN MAR 19 2017  
 
FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-200300-  
/O.NEW.KTBW.RP.S.0012.170319T1600Z-170320T0300Z/  
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-  
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-  
259 AM EDT SUN MAR 19 2017  
 
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH  
THIS EVENING...  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A  
HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY  
THROUGH THIS EVENING.  
 
* RIP CURRENT TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.  
 
* RIP CURRENT IMPACTS...STRONG AND DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ARE  
FORECAST WHICH WILL BE HAZARDOUS FOR THOSE IN THE SURF ZONE.  
 
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. HEED THE ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS...BEACH PATROL...  
FLAGS AND SIGNS.  
 
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 AND BACK TOWARD THE BEACH WHEN POSSIBLE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO  
SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT AS YOU WILL TIRE QUICKLY.  
 

 
 

 
 
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