Coastal Miami Dade County Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 2:18 PM EDT on October 23, 2014

...High rip current risk in effect from 8 PM EDT this evening through Friday evening...

The National Weather Service in Miami has issued a high rip current risk...which is in effect from 8 PM EDT this evening through Friday evening.

* Timing...this evening through Friday evening.

* currents are expected at the Atlantic beaches creating hazardous conditions for swimming.

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 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 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.


Special Statement
Statement as of 5:28 AM EDT on October 24, 2014

...A significant weather advisory is in effect for Miami-Dade County for heavy rain and gusty wind...

A low pressure system, developing over the Florida Straits, may bring wind gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour and heavy rain at times, through at least early this afternoon. Total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 3 inches, with locally heavier amounts, are possible today.

While currently not expecting any widespread flooding, localized street flooding may be possible, especially in low lying areas, and areas with poor drainage.

Low pressure is expected to begin exiting the region early this afternoon. Gusty winds will continue into this evening, and then begin to gradually diminish as low pressure moves off to to the northeast.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for the later updates on this situation.