St. Lucie

Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 3:20 am EST on February 23, 2018

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

The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a high rip
current risk, which is in effect through this evening.

* Timing... dangerous rip currents will be present at area beaches
all day, but the greatest risk will be through this morning and
again late this afternoon into the evening hours due to tidal

* Impacts... when the rip current risk is high, the surf is
dangerous for all levels of swimmers.

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... beach patrol flags and

Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and
float. Don't swim against the current. If able, swim in a
direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the
shore and call or wave for help.

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