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Coastal Hazard Statement

Statement as of 6:02 AM AST on October 08, 2015

Expires 8:00 PM EDT on October 08, 2015

... High rip current risk in effect through tonight...

The National Weather Service in San Juan has issued a high rip
current risk... which is in effect through tonight.

* Location... Atlantic beaches of Puerto Rico... Culebra and
northern U.S. Virgin Islands.

* Timing... through tonight.

* Impacts... strong rip currents and dangerous swimming conditions
are expected today as large breaking waves continue to affect
the north coast of Puerto Rico... Culebra and northern U.S. Virgin
Islands. North swell will gradually subside tonight into Friday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

There is a high risk of rip currents for the Atlantic beaches.

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... beach patrol
flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current... Yell for help. Remain
calm... do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current... swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

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