Coastal Escambia Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 1:15 PM CST on January 25, 2015

...Rip current risk remains in effect through Monday afternoon...

* timing...through Monday afternoon.

* Impacts...dangerous swimming conditions along the Gulf beaches of Alabama and northwest Florida.

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 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.

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