High Surf Advisory today as Hurricane Gert passes well offshore

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Taunton MA
334 AM EDT Tue Aug 15 2017

…High Surf Advisory in effect from 9 AM to 8 PM EDT Wednesday…

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a High Surf Advisory…which Is in effect from 9 AM to 8 PM EDT Wednesday.

* Location…south facing beaches across the south coast of RI and MA including the Cape and Islands.

* Timing…Wednesday.

* Surf and rip current risk…high surf and dangerous rip currents will result in the potential for life-threatening conditions for all people entering the surf.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A rip current…sometimes mistakenly called an undertow…is a strong but narrow current of water flowing from the beach to the surf zone. It can rapidly carry a swimmer into deeper water…and exhaust an individual trying to swim against it.

If you are a poor swimmer and are caught in a rip current…swim parallel to the beach until out of its pull…them swim back to shore. Another means of escape for good swimmers is to ride the current out until it dissipates…then swim back to shore outside Of the rip current.

Do not attempt to swim directly into the rip current…it can exhaust and drown even the strongest swimmer.

Heed the advice of the beach patrol and swim only at guarded beaches. Be especially cautious near piers and jetties…where rip currents can be enhanced.

In addition…viewers of large surf should stay in safe areas well away from possible splash-over. Individual waves may be more than twice the average wave height…which Can sweep a person into the water from what may seem to be a safe viewing area. Falling into turbulent and sometimes rocky waters can result in injury that reduces the chance of survival.

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