High Rip Current Risk In Effect In Brevard County Due to Tropical Storm Florence, New Moon

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The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a High Rip Current Risk, which is in effect through Saturday evening. Long period swells from distant Tropical Storm Florence will combine with effects of the New Moon to increase the risk for strong rip currents today.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Swell from distant Tropical Storm Florence will cause dangerous rip currents at the beach Saturday and Sunday. Use extreme caution if along the coast today and always swim in sight of a lifeguard.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a High Rip Current Risk, which is in effect through Saturday evening. Long period
swells from distant Tropical Storm Florence will combine with effects of the New Moon to increase the risk for strong rip currents today.

• TIMING…The threat for dangerous rip currents will be present all day, however the risk will be highest from late morning through the afternoon.

• IMPACTS…Rip currents will be dangerous and life threatening. Always swim near a lifeguard!

• 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 signs.

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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