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Rip Current Activity Will Surely Increase Along the Entire East Coast Due to Hanna

Please note this revision to the rip current alert in the previous post:

It appears that Hanna will create winds that will cause rip activity for beaches vulnerable to such currents – all of the way up the East Coast of the U.S.A. from Florida to Maine.

Though the number of rip-related deaths in the U.S.A. varies significantly from year to year, the average per year is about 100.  Rips are not confined to the Pacific and Atlantic shores.  Great Lakes rips occur too.

It is estimated that over 80% of the rescues performed on our beaches is due to rip currents.

RIP CURRENT ALERT!

THE TROPICAL SYSTEM, HANNA, WHETHER A TROPICAL STORM OR A HURRICANE IS BOUND TO PRODUCE WAVE ACTION THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF RIP CURRENTS ON THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF THE U.S.A.

IN MOST INSTANCES, WHEN YOU ARE BEING CARRIED OUT INTO DEEPER WATER AGAINST YOUR WILL, SWIMMING PARALLEL TO THE SHORELINE WILL GET YOU OUT OF IT.  IT IS MOST LIKELY A RIP CURRENT AND THAT METHOD IS USUALLY THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET OUT OF DANGER.  TRYING TO SWIM BACK TO SHORE AGAINST IT IS AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY AND CAN CAUSE EXHAUSTION LEADING TO THE WORSE CASE SCENARIO, DROWNING.

THE SMARTEST THING TO DO, OF COURSE, IS TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER WHEN THERE IS A RIP CURRENT DANGER.  IF YOU GO OUT WHEN RIP WARNINGS ARE POSTED YOU MAY BE CREATING A SITUATION THAT COULD CAUSE OTHERS TO PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK TRYING TO SAVE YOU.

FURTHERMORE, NOT ALL BEACHES ARE MONITORED OR ARE THERE WARNING SIGNS POSTED.  KNOWLEDGE IS THE ANSWER BUT PLEASE DON’T BE TOO SMART FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.  TAKE CARE AND LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER DAY.  GOOD SWIMMERS SOMETIMES DIE WHEN CAUGHT IN A RIP.  SOME, WITH THAT EPIDEMIC DESEASE THAT I CALL “TERMINAL UNIQUENESS”, DELIBERATELY FLIRT WITH RIPS AND GET IN TROUBLE AS A CONSEQUENCE.  HERE IS A LINK:

http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/

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