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Rip current warning issued Monday for central Florida, Treasure Coast

Rip current warning on lifeguard station in file photo.
Rip current warning on lifeguard station in file photo.
Mike Royer

The National Weather Service in Melbourne issued a rip current warning early Monday morning for central Florida and Treasure Coast-area counties. The warning is in effect through Monday evening for coastal Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties. Forecasters say the greatest risk is from Monday morning through 4:30 Monday afternoon, due to tides. They also warn that rip currents can pull “…even the strongest swimmer out beyond the sand bar.” Beachgoers were advised to “…pay attention to flags and posted signs…[and] swim only within sight of a lifeguard and never swim alone.”

Forecasters also said it is important not to panic if you are caught in a rip current. Swimmers should stay calm and start to swim parallel to shore, and then swim back to the beach once they are away from the force of the rip current. Swimmers should not try to swim directly against a rip current as “…even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.”

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Melbourne website.

Click here to visit the Volusia County Beach Safety website.

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