Coastal Hillsborough Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Coastal Hazard Statement, High Surf Advisory
Statement as of 3:00 AM EST on January 27, 2015

...Rip current risk now in effect through this evening... ...High surf advisory remains in effect until 7 am EST this morning...

* waves and surf...northwest winds around 20 knots early this morning will produce surf around 5 feet through early this morning. Winds will diminish into the 15 to 20 knot range later this morning and into the afternoon.

* Timing...surf will remain around 5 feet through early this morning before diminishing the remainder of the day.

* Impacts...rough surf will continue through early this morning with improving conditions expected from mid morning and into the afternoon. Even though surf heights will be decreasing a moderate onshore wind flow will keep a high risk of rip currents going along area beaches through this evening.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high surf advisory is issued when dangerous water action is expected along the coast. This includes rough surf...large breaking waves...rip currents...and strong undertow.

Beach goers are urged to heed lifeguard warnings.

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.

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