Coastal Hazard Statement, Coastal Flood Statement
3:53 PM CDT
National Weather Service
... High rip current risk in effect through Sunday evening...
... Tidal run up to the dunes through early Saturday...
* coastal flooding... water level along the beaches will rise to
between 1 and 1.5 feet above the shoreline through early
Saturday. This will cause water to run up to the base of the
dunes during high tide periods... and remain at least halfway to
the dunes during low tide periods... through at least early
* Rip currents... surf waves are above head height... 6 feet or
higher... near the Isla Blanca jetties this afternoon. Waves are
likely 4 feet or higher elsewhere along South Padre Island.
Waves may continue to build to 5 to 8 feet or higher in all
areas Saturday and perhaps Sunday. The combination of the high
waves and long period easterly swell will maintain a high threat
of rip currents through the weekend.
* Timing... water levels approached the dune line at typically
narrow stretches of beach this afternoon. Water level is
expected to remain near the base of the dunes through the
overnight period as only a minor low tide will occur and swells
remain elevated or build. Water levels should reach the dunes
again by sunrise Saturday.
* Impacts... water levels will reach the dune line or cover narrow
beaches completely... which will result in difficult or
impossible driving conditions. Water will also reach umbrellas
and trash cans that have not been moved back toward or behind the
dunes. Rip currents and high surf will make swimming difficult
for all but the most experienced surfers.
There is a high threat 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... beach patrol
flags and signs.
If you become caught in a rip current... Yell for help. Remain
calm... do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current... swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.
Driving is not recommended from Andy Bowie Park north through the
Port Mansfield jetties. Elsewhere... beach walkers should remain
alert to fast run up which can knock some people off their feet. Items
such as trashcans... umbrellas... and chairs should be moved behind
the dune line.