... Beach hazards statement in effect from 7 am EST this morning
through this evening...
The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a beach
hazards statement for strong long shore currents, developing rough
surf and a moderate risk of rip currents, which is in effect from
7 am EST this morning through this evening.
* Hazards... a strong north to south flowing longshore current will
pose a hazard to those entering the surf today. A lingering
ocean swell will also contribute to a moderate risk for rip
currents. Rough surf will develop at the beaches by afternoon.
Remember to always swim within sight of a lifeguard.
* Timing... through 7 PM.
* Location... east central Florida beaches.
* Potential impacts... a strong north to south flowing long shore
current can knock you off a sandbar and into deeper waters
making you more susceptible to rip currents. Rough surf will
also develop by afternoon causing a hazard to those entering the
surf. Strong rip currents are also possible near pier and
Longshore currents commonly occur when waves approach the
shoreline at an angle. They can be particularly dangerous near a
jetty or pier.
Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current remain calm.
Don't fight the current. Swim in a direction following the
shoreline. If unable to escape... face the shore and call or wave
for help. If tired, float or tread water until out of the rip