421  
WHUS42 KTBW 021809  
CFWTBW  
 
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED  
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL  
209 PM EDT WED AUG 2 2017  
 
FLZ050-151-155-160-162-165-030200-  
/O.NEW.KTBW.RP.S.0027.170802T1809Z-170803T0200Z/  
PINELLAS-COASTAL HILLSBOROUGH-COASTAL MANATEE-COASTAL SARASOTA-  
COASTAL CHARLOTTE-COASTAL LEE-  
209 PM EDT WED AUG 2 2017  
   
..HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT THIS EVENING
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN HAS ISSUED A  
HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT THIS  
EVENING.  
 
* RIP CURRENT TIMING...SOUTHWEST WINDS IN THE 15 TO 20 KNOT RANGE  
WITH HIGHER GUSTS ALONG WITH INCREASING WAVE ACTION WILL CREATE  
DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AT AREA BEACHES THE REMAINDER OF THIS  
AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING.  
 
* RIP CURRENT IMPACTS...STRONG AND DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS WILL  
BE HAZARDOUS FOR THOSE IN THE SURF ZONE AT AREA BEACHES.  
 
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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