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Strong Rip Currents, Coastal Flooding in Florida this Weekend

Chris Dolce & Angela Fritz | TWC
Published: March 8, 2013

Effects from this week's winter storm are headed to Florida this weekend.

Computer model depiction of Saturn's massive wind field this weekend. Credit: wright-weather.com

(FORECAST: Daytona Beach | Ft. Lauderdale | Miami)

The enormous wind field of of the low pressure system is sending rough surf all the way south toward the eastern coast of Florida this weekend. As a result, beach and ocean conditions will be hazardous. 

Expect the following impacts at Florida's Atlantic Ocean beaches -

  • High danger of rip currents.
  • Beach erosion and some coastal flooding.
  • Breezy northeast or east winds 10 to 20 mph.
  • Hazardous boating conditions.

Bottom Line - If you have a beach trip planned this weekend to Florida's Atlantic Ocean beaches, it's best to stay out of the water. Rip currents are extremely dangerous and can be deadly.

According to NOAA, lifeguards in America rescue 60,000 people from drowning each year. Around 80 percent of these rescues are due to rip currents. An estimated 100 lives are lost each year due to rip currents.

Rip Current Safety Tips

Don't put yourself in harms way! If there are beach hazard warnings posted on the beach, be extra cautious. The best way to avoid danger is to stay out of the water completely. If in doubt, don't go out! If you do get caught in a rip current:

  • Don't fight the current
  • Swim out of the current, parallel to the shoreline.
  • If you can't escape, float or tread water, and call and wave for help

Photos: Winter Storm Saturn Hits Midwest and Northeast

Plum Island, Mass.

Plum Island, Mass.

A house crumbles in the ocean waters on Plum Island,Mass. after being hit with relentless waves from Winter Storm Saturn on Fri., March 8, 2013. (Courtesy: NECN)

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