Duval Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 4:50 AM EDT op 17 april 2014

...High rip current risk in effect through Friday evening...

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a high rip current risk...which is in effect through Friday evening.

* Timing...strong onshore winds will create a high risk of rip currents through Friday evening.

* Impacts...rip currents will be common at area beaches through at least Friday evening. Beach goers should exercise caution if entering the surf.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

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 groins... 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.

Nelson

Lake Wind Advisory
Statement as of 5:07 AM EDT op 17 april 2014

...Lake Wind Advisory remains in effect until 7 PM EDT this evening...

* timing...through this evening.

* Winds...northeast 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph...mainly along the coast and along other inland waterways.

* Impacts...boaters in the advisory area should avoid open water and stay close to shore in wind protected inlets. High profile vehicles should use extra caution when traveling as well.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A lake Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph or gusts of 30 to 39 mph are expected. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing. Boaters in the advisory area should avoid open water and stay close to shore in wind protected inlets. High profile vehicles should use extra caution when traveling as well.

Nelson