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Rip Current Statement

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 1149 AM EDT SUN AUG 13 2017 High risk of rip current development for ocean beaches of nassau and suffolk counties... NYZ080-179-140000- /O.EXA.KOKX.RP.S.0013.000000T0000Z-170814T0000Z/ SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHERN NASSAU- 1149 AM EDT SUN AUG 13 2017 ...high rip current risk in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening... the National Weather Service in upton has issued a high rip current risk, which is in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening. * locations, ocean beaches. * rip current risk, high. * surf height, 3 to 5 ft. * lightning risk, none. * timing, today. precautionary/preparedness actions... rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures such as groins, jetties, and piers. talk to lifeguards and beach officials to learn about any surf hazards and heed their advice. pay attention to flags and posted signs and swim in life guarded areas. swim near a lifeguard. if caught in a rip current, relax and float, and do not 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. 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. talk to lifeguards and beach officials to learn about any surf hazards and heed their advice. pay attention to flags and posted signs and swim in life guarded areas. 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. once you are away from the force of the rip current... begin to swim back toward the beach. do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly. &&