Duval Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Areal Flood Watch, Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 2:24 PM EDT on April 17, 2014

...Flood Watch in effect from Friday afternoon through late Friday night...

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.

* From Friday afternoon through late Friday night

* widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected...with isolated amounts to 5 inches.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

450 am EDT Thu Apr 17 2014

...High rip current risk in effect through Friday evening...

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a high rip current risk...which is in effect through Friday evening.

* Timing...strong onshore winds will create a high risk of rip currents through Friday evening.

* Impacts...rip currents will be common at area beaches through at least Friday evening. Beach goers should exercise caution if entering the surf.

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.

Nelson