160  
WHUS44 KHGX 181425  
CFWHGX  
 
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX  
925 AM CDT WED APR 18 2018  
   
..HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK ALONG GULF-FACING BEACHES TODAY
 
 
.MODERATE ONSHORE WINDS AND LONG PERIOD SWELLS WILL RESULT IN A  
HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK ALONG GULF-FACING BEACHES TODAY. BEACHGOERS  
SHOULD MAKE SURE TO SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD IF ENTERING THE WATER.  
 
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/O.NEW.KHGX.RP.S.0004.180418T1425Z-180419T0400Z/  
BRAZORIA-GALVESTON-MATAGORDA-  
925 AM CDT WED APR 18 2018  
   
..HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A  
HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK, WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING.  
 
* TIMING...THROUGH THIS EVENING.  
 
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS ON GULF-FACING BEACHES,  
ESPECIALLY NEAR PIERS, JETTIES, AND ROCK GROINS.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS. LIFE THREATENING RIP  
CURRENTS ARE LIKELY IN THE SURF ZONE.  
 
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. SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.  
 
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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