A low-pressure system off the coast of Florida will bring some local impacts to our state over the coming days. There is a chance of thunderstorms, wind gusts as high as 25 mph, as well as a moderate risk for rip currents today, September 21.
Starting Friday, September 22, there is a chance of showers, an enhanced risk of rip currents at the beaches into the weekend, higher tide levels into Friday, and high surf this week.
Over the coming days, you are encouraged to be cautious and consider avoiding going into the water if conditions have worsened. Stay tuned to local weather forecasts before heading to the beach.
If you get caught in a rip current, stay calm. It won’t pull you under, but it will pull you away from the shore. Instead:
- Float or if you are a strong swimmer, swim parallel to the shore.
- Yell for help to those on the shore.
- If you see someone in distress in the water, call or text Beach Patrol at (843) 718-6083.
- If you have something that floats, you can push this towards the person, but don’t attempt to rescue them yourself.
To learn more about rip currents, click here.