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High Surf Advisory

Statement as of 4:34 PM EDT on August 27, 2014

Expires 8:00 PM EDT on August 28, 2014

... High surf advisory remains in effect from 8 PM this evening to
8 PM EDT Thursday...

* location... South Coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts
including Nantucket... Marthas Vineyard and Block Island.

* Surf height... 6 to 12 feet.

* Timing... from 8 PM tonight to 8 PM Thursday night. This may have
to be extended into Friday.

* Impacts... high risk of dangerous surf and rip currents. Also
viewers of large surf should be in safe areas well away from
possible splash over. Large waves can sweep a person into the
water from what may seem to be a safe viewing area. Falling into
the turbulent and sometimes Rocky Waters can result in injury
that reduces the chance of survival.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A rip current... sometimes mistakenly called an undertow... is a
strong but narrow current of water flowing from the beach to the
surf zone. It can rapidly carry a swimmer into deeper water and
exhaust an individual trying to swim against it.

If you are a poor swimmer and are caught in a rip current... swim
parallel to the beach until out of its pull. Another means of
escape for those who are good swimmers is to ride the current out
beyond the surf zone where the rip current dissipates... then swim
toward shore outside the effect of the narrow rip current.

Do not attempt to swim back to shore directly against the
current... it can exhaust and drown even the strongest swimmer.

Heed the advice of the beach patrol and swim only at guarded
beaches. Watch your children. Be especially cautious near piers
and jetties where rip currents can be enhanced.

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