Coastal Gulf Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 2:31 AM CST on November 24, 2014

...High rip current risk now in effect through late tonight...

* surf: around 6 feet along Walton and Bay County beaches... tapering off to the east.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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 groins...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.

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area...producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.

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