Tropical Storm Sean Causes Dangerous Rip Currents In Boca Raton

Tropica Storm Sean | NWS 1500 EDT Wed

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you were planning a beach trip this afternoon, you might want to think twice as the National Weather Service has issued a series of warning all having to do with Tropical Storm Sean. While the storm will have no direct impact on the area, the waters are extremely rough and — according to the weather service — dangerous.

Here’s the NWS report:

..HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS
EVENING...
...RIP CURRENT RISK REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

* TIMING...TROPICAL STORM SEAN OVER THE WESTERN ATLANTIC WATERS
  WILL CONTINUE TO BRING GUSTY NORTH WINDS... LARGE SWELL...
  HIGH SURF... BREAKING WAVES... MINOR BEACH EROSION... AND
  MINOR COASTAL FLOODING TO THE PALM BEACH COAST AT LEAST
  THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENTS WILL BE AN ONGOING
  THREAT. MINOR BEACH EROSION AND MINOR COASTAL FLOODING ARE
  ALSO POSSIBLE... ESPECIALLY ALONG THE PALM BEACHES DURING HIGH
  TIDE AROUND 7 PM THIS EVENING. BREAKING WAVES AROUND 10 FEET
  ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE PALM BEACH COAST. THE LARGE POUNDING
  SURF WILL MAKE THE SURF ZONE VERY DANGEROUS. ENTERING THE
  WATER IS NOT ADVISED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN
THE ADVISORY AREA...PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH
EROSION.

THERE IS ALSO A HIGH RISK OF STRONG AND DANGEROUS 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 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.
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