Coastal Hazard Statement
Expires 6:00 PM EDT on May 31, 2013
Statement as of 4:02 am EDT on May 26, 2013
... Rip current risk in effect through Friday afternoon...
The National Weather Service in Miami has issued a rip current
risk... which is in effect through Friday afternoon.
* Timing... now through at least Friday.
* Impacts... rip currents will plague the Atlantic beaches and
become strong throughout the week, due to the expected
persistence of strong onshore winds. This will make swimming at
the Atlantic beaches extremely dangerous, so swimming is not
There is a high risk of rip currents.
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 jetties and
piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay
attention to flags and posted signs.
If you become caught in a rip current... do not panic. Remain
calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from
the force of the rip current... begin to swim back to the beach.
Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a
strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.