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Rip Current Risks

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 05:20:14 EDT
Along the coast, swells from distant Tropical Storm Leslie will result in higher surf on the beaches of the East Coast. Long period swells from were reaching East Coast beaches. This usually generates strong rip currents. Rip Current Statements have been issued along the East Coast. Details...

Rip Current Awareness 2012 - Actions You Can Take That Could Save Your Life and The Life Of Another

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 06:34:58 EDT
Before leaving for the beach, check the local beach weather and surf zone forecast. If available, check the rip current and/or beach hazards statement. The new Beach Hazard Statement is being issued by the Grand Rapids, MI San Francisco Bay, CA Newport/Morehead City, NC New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA Seattle, WA: and Tampa Bay Area, FL offices. Details...

Rip Current Awareness 2012 - Actions You Can Take That Could Save Your Life and The Life Of Another

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 05:05:03 EDT
Before getting in the water, make sure everyone has a clear understanding of their swimming skills and medical conditions and knows how to stay safe. Be sure little children are wearing properly fitted United States Coast Guard approved life-jackets. Remember, the ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes are very different from the neighborhood swimming pool. The weather and coastal geography make these bodies of water dangerous places to be if you don't understand how they behave. Details...

Learn more about rip currents Rip Current Awareness 2012 - Actions You Can Take That Could Save Your Life and The Life Of Another

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 05:08:37 EDT
Take your cell phone with you to the beach. In case of an emergency, where the lifeguard is not present, call 911. Know the address or location of the beach you are on to make it easier for emergency personnel to locate you. Details...

Learn more about rip currents Rip Current Awareness 2012 - Actions You Can Take That Could Save Your Life and The Life Of Another

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 05:10:05 EDT
Groups of three or four are safer numbers at the beach. Two can be in the water together with the third and fourth on the beach watching should an emergency arise. One can act as a spotter and keep watch on the position of those in the water and throw an object that floats like an ice chest or life preserver if trouble arises while the fourth person can call for help or go for a lifeguard. Details...

Rip Current Awareness 2012 - Actions You Can Take That Could Save Your Life and The Life Of Another

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:30:53 EDT
Talk with the Lifeguard Before Entering the Ocean, Great Lakes, or Gulf of Mexico. The lifeguard is familiar with the beach and can tell you where the safest places are to swim. Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags. Different beaches may use different colors. Details...

Dangerous rip currents will remain an ongoing threat along Florida's east coast

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:05:14 EST
Tropical Storm Sean over the western Atlantic waters will bring a high risk of rip currents to the east coast of Florida today. Details...

Swells from Irene contributing to a high risk of rip currents

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:13:12 EDT
Residual swells from Irene will continue to impact beaches from the Outer Banks of North Carolina northward today, contributing to a high threat of rip currents. While rip currents can occur at any time, the most dangerous time for life threatening rip currents is a couple hours on either side of low tide. Details...

Rip current risks

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 07:10:10 EDT
A high risk of Rip Currents continues along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Details...

Rip Currents from Hurricane Earl

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:17:09 EDT
Those planning to go to Atlantic beaches this week through Labor Day Weekend, are advised to check with their local Weather Forecast Office for the current Surf Zone Forecast. Swells from Hurricane Earl are moving along the East Coast from South Carolina to New England producing a strong south to north long shore current (Littoral Current). Wind and wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Dangerous surf conditions are expected from winds produced by Hurricane Earl. Details...

Rip Current Awareness Campaign, June 6-12, 2010

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 07:41:48 EDT
With summer vacation on the horizon, NOAA, the United States Lifesaving Association, and the National Park Service are alerting beach-goers to the threat of rip currents and how to prevent drowning from their strong and potentially fatal grip. Rip currents are the leading surf hazard, claiming more than 100 lives per year nationally. For that reason, NOAA, the United States Lifesaving Association, and the National Park Service are teaming up to sponsor the Rip Current Awareness Campaign, June 6-12, 2010, with the theme Break the Grip of the Rip®. Rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water that pull swimmers away from the shore. Moving at speeds of up to eight feet per second, rip currents are surprisingly strong and swift. Details...

Beachgoers Beware: Hurricane Bill A Coastal Danger from Afar

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:00:35 EDT
Dangerous seas (waves and swells) and rip currents are expected along parts of the U.S. East Coast through the weekend as powerful Hurricane Bill moves north across the western Atlantic Ocean. Local National Weather Service forecast offices will issue appropriate outlooks and advisories as warranted. Details...

NOAA and the National Park Service Team Up to Educate Beach-Goers on How to Break the Grip of the Rip

Sun, 07 Jun 2009 05:11:56 EDT
Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for beach-goers, claiming an estimated 100 lives per year nationally. For that reason, NOAA and National Park Sservice are teaming up to sponsor Rip Current Awareness Week, June 7-13, 2009, with the theme Break the Grip of the Rip. If you are caught in a rip current, swim in a direction following the shoreline. When you are free of the current, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore. Swimmers who try to swim against a rip current straight back to shore often fail to overcome its strength. They risk exhaustion and drowning. Details...

Rip Current Awareness Week - June 1 - 7

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 11:32:57 EDT
Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes. NOAA's National Weather Service and National Sea Grant Program, in partnership with the United States Lifesaving Association, are working together to raise awareness about the dangers of rip currents. Research is also being conducted in order to develop and improve the ability to predict the occurrence and strength of rip currents. Details...

NOAA and the National Park Service team up to educate about rip currents

Wed, 23 Aug 2000 22:48:52 EDT
With the summer vacation season here, NOAA and the National Park Service are alerting beachgoers to the threat of rip currents and how to escape their strong and potentially fatal grip. It is the focus of NOAA's national Rip Current Awareness Week, June 3-9, 2007 Details...




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