An area of low pressure hundreds of miles from South Florida is having a direct impact on our beach and boating forecast.
According to Meteorologist James Wieland the energy from the low is lining up quite well with our "swell window." This simply means that conditions are just right for a dangerous day in and on the waters. In fact, a NOAA buoy observed a period of 17 seconds early Sunday morning.
So a big surge of swell is expected today, and this afternoon seas are forecast to range from 5 to 7 feet. Boaters need to use extreme caution today especially when coming in and out of inlets.
Swimmers need stay safe as well. Strong rip currents are a major threat today at our beaches. Remember what to do if you're caught in a rip current... Let the current take you out to sea (they're typically only 30 yards long at most), and then swim parallel to shore until you're out of the current. Once you're out of the current it is safe to swim into shore. Another approach is to swim diagonally to shore.
Either way you will break the grip of a rip current. The one thing you DO NOT want to do is swim straight into shore against the current. This will cause you to become exhausted and increases the likelihood of drowning.
Lastly, we are going to see an extra high tides are expected with run up along the beaches. So minor beach erosion is definitely possible today.
Please be aware of the dangerous situation we have today, use common sense, and stay safe!