...High rip current risk in effect through 800 PM...
The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a high rip current risk...which is in effect through this evening.
* Timing...increasing north winds coupled with a long period swell from an oceanic storm will produce a high risk of rip currents today. While the risk will be high all day...the threat will be even higher around the times of low tides...through about 900 am this morning and again starting around 300 PM this afternoon.
* Impacts...the powerful Seward pull of a rip current can carry even the strongest swimmer out beyond The Sand Bar. Beachgoers and especially weak swimmers should heed the advice of the beach patrol. Swim only within sight of a lifeguard. Never swim alone.
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 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.