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Rip Current Danger Along the Florida Atlantic Coast

A strong dome of high pressure parked over the Northeast will cause a long fetch of gusty easterly winds to blow across the western Atlantic, sending huge waves and dangerous rip currents toward the Florida coast through midweek.

The waves will arrive during the morning hours on Monday, and then build to heights as great as 10 feet on Monday afternoon and Monday night. The waves will not begin to subside until Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Locations most at risk include Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrma Beach, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach and Vero Beach, to name a few.

Waves of this size and magnitude contain a large amount of energy. The dangerous, breaking surf can easily knock you down and make you susceptible to strong rip currents.

You can also be swept off jetties and flung into tumultuous, turbulent water where even experienced swimmers can drown.

If you will be at the beaches on the Atlantic coast of Florida for vacation, or for any other reason, it is important to know and understand the dangers of high surf and rip currents.

According to the National Weather Service, some clues that a rip current might be present include the observation of:

* A channel of churning, choppy water.

* A difference in water color.

* A line of foam, seaweed or debris moving out to sea.

* A break or disruption in the incoming wave pattern.

If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm. Dot not fight the current. Swim in a direction parallel to, or following the shoreline, in order to escape.

Your best course of action will be to avoid the water completely, but if you will be doing any swimming, make sure a lifeguard is present.

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