Beachgoers in South Florida, beware of rip currents Memorial Day Weekend


Beach-going is a popular past-time on Memorial Day weekend but, according to the National Weather, swimmers should be aware of rip currents.

The weather service said moderate to strong rip currents are expected along South Florida’s east coast beaches throughout the holiday weekend, extending through Monday

Rip currents will become stronger through the day Sunday because of onshore winds and one-to -three foot waves.

A rip current is a narrow powerful current which runs perpendicular to the beach, out into the ocean.

These currents may extend 200 to 2,500 feet lengthwise, but they are typically less than 30 feet wide. Rip currents can often move at more than 5 miles per hour.

Swimmers should exercise caution, the service said.

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