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…HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT TODAY THROUGH

WEDNESDAY 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 Wednesday evening.

 

* RIP CURRENT TIMING…Increasing onshore winds will create rip

currents this afternoon and continuing through Wednesday

evening.

 

* RIP CURRENT IMPACTS…life threatening Rip Currents are

possible. Always swim near a lifeguard, and never swim alone!

 

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.