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RIP CURRENT WEEK

...RIP CURRENT AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES TODAY WITH RIP CURRENT FACTS...INFORMATION AND STATISTICS...

A RIP CURRENT IS A NARROW CHANNEL OR RIVER OF WATER MOVING QUICKLY AWAY FROM THE SHORE...SOMETIMES AS FAST AS 5 OR 6 MPH.

THEY TYPICALLY EXTEND FROM NEAR THE SHORELINE...THROUGH A BREAK IN THE SANDBAR IN THE SURF ZONE AND OUT PAST THE LINE OF BREAKING WAVES.

RIP CURRENTS ARE COMPRISED OF THREE COMPONENTS...THE FEEDER SOURCE...THE NECK AND THE HEAD. THE FEEDER SOURCE IS THE AREA WHERE WAVE ENERGY IS FOCUSED...AND IS THE FUEL SOURCE FOR THE RIP CURRENT.

THE NECK IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE RIP CURRENT...WHERE WATER IS FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY FROM THE BEACH. AND THE HEAD IS WHERE THE EFFECTS OF THE RIP CURRENT BEGIN TO DISPERSE OR SPREAD OUT...AS THE SEAWARD PULL DIMINISHES.

RIP CURRENTS TYPICALLY RANGE FROM AT LEAST A FEW FEET WIDE...TO AS LARGE AS 100 TO 200 FEET IN WIDTH. THE LENGTH OF THE RIP CURRENT USUALLY BEGINS TO DISSIPATE BEYOND THE BREAKING WAVES...BUT CAN SOMETIMES EXTEND HUNDREDS OF FEET BEYOND THE SURF ZONE.

IN RECENT YEARS RIP CURRENTS HAVE KILLED MORE PEOPLE THAN FLOODING...TORNADOES...LIGHTNING OR EVEN HURRICANES. RIP CURRENTS CAN BE FOUND ALMOST EVERY DAY AT MANY BEACHES.

BUT A AN IMPORTANT POINT TO ALWAYS REMEMBER ABOUT RIP CURRENTS IS THAT THEY CAN CARRY YOU AWAY FROM SHORE...BUT THEY DO NOT PULL YOU UNDER THE WATER. TO IDENTIFY RIP CURRENTS LOOK FOR DIFFERENCES IN WATER COLOR OR WATER MOTION...OR A CHANGE IN SHAPE OF THE INCOMING WAVES.

LOOK FOR CHANNELS OF CHURNING OR CHOPPY WATER. OFTEN YOU MAY SEE A LINE OF FOAM...SEAWEED OR OTHER DEBRIS MOVING OUT TO SEA. THESE ARE ALL INDICATORS OF RIP CURRENTS. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PROCEED WITH CAUTION IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON GOING IN THE WATER. KNOW HOW TO SWIM...AND HEED TO ADVICE OF LIFEGUARDS AND THE BEACH PATROL. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND POSTED SIGNS.

WE WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RIP CURRENTS AGAIN TOMORROW.

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