263  
WHUS44 KHGX 171503  
CFWHGX  
 
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX  
1003 AM CDT THU AUG 17 2017  
   
..HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
 
 
.STRONG AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING RIP CURRENTS ARE  
POSSIBLE ALONG GULF-FACING BEACHES OF THE UPPER TEXAS COAST.  
 
TXZ214-236>238-172315-  
/O.NEW.KHGX.RP.S.0014.170817T1503Z-170818T0500Z/  
BRAZORIA-CHAMBERS-GALVESTON-MATAGORDA-  
1003 AM CDT THU AUG 17 2017  
   
..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...STRONG AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING RIP CURRENTS  
ARE POSSIBLE ALONG GULF-FACING BEACHES OF THE UPPER TEXAS COAST.  
 
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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