High Surf Advisory for Southern Bristol County (Zone MAZ020)

 
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 
1000 PM EDT SUN SEP 21 2014 
 
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR THE OCEAN EXPOSED BEACHES OF THE SOUTH 
COAST INCLUDING THE CAPE AND ISLANDS TOMORROW... 
 
MAZ020>024-RIZ006>008-221000- 
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SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA- 
NANTUCKET MA-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI- 
1000 PM EDT SUN SEP 21 2014 
 
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM EDT 
MONDAY... 
 
* LOCATION...OCEAN EXPOSED BEACHES OF THE SOUTH COAST INCLUDING 
  THE CAPE AND ISLANDS. 
 
* SURF HEIGHT...5 TO 10 FEET. 
 
* TIMING...MUCH OF THE DAYLIGHT HOURS ON TOMORROW. 
 
* IMPACTS...HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS. ALSO 
  VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD BE IN SAFE AREAS WELL AWAY FROM 
  POSSIBLE SPLASH OVER. LARGE WAVES CAN SWEEP A PERSON INTO THE 
  WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA. 
 
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.  ANOTHER MEANS OF 
ESCAPE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOOD SWIMMERS IS TO RIDE THE CURRENT OUT 
BEYOND THE SURF ZONE WHERE THE RIP CURRENT DISSIPATES...THEN SWIM 
TOWARD SHORE OUTSIDE THE EFFECT OF THE NARROW RIP CURRENT. 
 
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM BACK TO SHORE DIRECTLY AGAINST THE 
CURRENT...IT CAN EXHAUST AND DROWN EVEN THE STRONGEST SWIMMER. 
 
HEED THE ADVICE OF THE BEACH PATROL AND SWIM ONLY AT GUARDED 
BEACHES.  WATCH YOUR CHILDREN.  BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS NEAR PIERS 
AND JETTIES WHERE RIP CURRENTS CAN BE ENHANCED. 
 
IN ADDITION...VIEWERS OF LARGE SURF SHOULD BE IN SAFE AREAS WELL 
AWAY FROM POSSIBLE SPLASH OVER. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY BE MORE THAN 
TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT...WHICH CAN SWEEP A PERSON INTO 
THE WATER FROM WHAT MAY SEEM TO BE A SAFE VIEWING AREA. FALLING 
INTO THE TURBULENT AND SOMETIMES ROCKY WATERS CAN RESULT IN 
INJURY THAT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. 
 
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