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Beach Hazards Statement Test Begins May 15, 2012

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The NWS began testing the Beach Hazards Statement on May 15, 2012, at select coastal Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) with the purpose of improving NWS services along beaches/coastal areas and the immediate adjacent waters. When issued, the Beach Hazards Statement will be highlighted in turquoise on the NWS Watch, Warning, and Advisory map at:

The following NWS coastal offices will begin testing the Beach Hazards Statement during 2012.

Grand Rapids, MI
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Newport/Morehead City, NC
New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
Seattle, WA
Tampa Bay Area, FL

The Beach Hazards Statement informs beach goers and local authorities about a multitude of hazards in a single statement and provides safety information on these hazards. Some examples of the types of hazards (but not limited to) which may be included in the Beach Hazards Statement are.dangerous currents in the surf zone or unusual surf/wave/water conditions. In coordination with other agencies (as needed), the product may also inform users of various types of environmental hazards such as chemical spills, harmful algal blooms, and other unusual hazards identified by the National Ocean Service.

The Beach Hazards Statement is not a routine product and will be issued on an as needed basis.

"We're simplifying beach hazard information to make it more accessible to the American Public," said David Soroka, marine program manager for the NWS Marine and Coastal Services Branch. "If you're taking the family to the beach for a relaxing day, this new statement will provide situational awareness of potentially hazardous conditions you may face so you can plan accordingly."

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