982  
WHUS42 KTBW 130826  
CFWTBW  
 
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED  
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL  
326 AM EST WED DEC 13 2017  
 
FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-132000-  
/O.CON.KTBW.RP.S.0036.000000T0000Z-171213T2000Z/  
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-  
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-  
326 AM EST WED DEC 13 2017  
 
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM EST THIS  
AFTERNOON...  
 
* RIP CURRENT TIMING...ELEVATED WAVE ACTION WILL CONTINUE TO  
SUPPORT AN HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.  
 
* RIP CURRENT IMPACTS...STRONG RIP CURRENTS WILL BE HAZARDOUS FOR  
THOSE IN THE SURF ZONE ALONG AREA BEACHES 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. FOR MAXIMUM SAFETY...SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.  
PAY ATTENTION TO 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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