Florida’s beaches have begun to reopen, drawing crowds of sandy shore fans to the water in the past few weeks. This week, however, you’ll want to continue your beach days with a little extra caution. Intense winds and large waves are contributing to dangerous rip currents along Florida's beaches on the east coast. The advisory is currently in effect until at least Thursday.
Fox35 reported that the threat of deadly rip currents will be at its peak around the low tide cycle, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, and again from 5:00 p.m. through the evening into Thursday.
The US National Weather Service of Melbourne also issued a “Lake Wind Advisory” that will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., with winds predicted to increase to 15 to 20 mph this afternoon, and gusts reaching up to 30 mph.
The Small Craft Advisory will be in place from Wednesday, May 13 through Thursday, May 14.
Even if you don't wander far out into the water, large breaking waves in the surf zone can knock you over and make you more susceptible to being caught in the rip current.
Strong rip currents can sweep even the most experienced swimmer out to sea. If you do get caught in a rip current, try to relax and not fight it. When you're able, start to swim parallel to the shore.
Swimmers and beachgoers should never enter the water alone and take care to stay within sight of a lifeguard. Small craft boaters are also encouraged to use caution both on lakes and in the sea this week.
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We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.