Rip Current Statement

Alert:

…HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK TODAY… .LARGE SWELLS AND ELEVATED TIDE LEVELS WILL LEAD TO HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK TODAY. CONDITIONS SHOULD END EARLY THIS EVENING IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE. …HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK…WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING. * TIMING…THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND ENDING THIS EVENING. * IMPACTS…DANGEROUS WATER CONDITIONS WITH STRONG AND UNUSUAL RIP CURRENTS USE EXTREME CAUTION IF SWIMMING OR SURFING.

Instructions:

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 AND THE BEACH PATROL. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND POSTED SIGNS. IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT…DO NOT PANIC. REMAIN CALM AND BEGIN TO SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE. ONCE YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE FORCE OF THE RIP CURRENT…BEGIN TO SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT. EVEN A STRONG SWIMMER CAN BECOME EXHAUSTED QUICKLY.

Target Area:

Brazoria

Chambers

Galveston

Matagorda